With more than half of the 20 spectrum lots on auction already awarded, Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) and Digicel Fiji will today continue bidding on the eight remaining lots on offer. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Vodafone Fiji has already purchased six blocks of 4G spectrum at a total cost of FJD864,000 (USD460,317), in the first-ever auction of its type in the country. Having fulfilled its total allocation of 30MHz of spectrum, it has now exited the auction leaving its rivals to contest the other frequencies being offered by the government. Digicel has to date secured three frequency blocks – offering FJD420,500 each for two blocks and FJD420,300 for the third – and TFL has bid for three blocks of frequencies, agreeing to pay the highest amount (FJD504,700) for each of them.
In an interview Digicel commercial director Andrew Skelton confirmed that the company intends to purchase additional frequencies before the 26 July deadline for the auction to finish. The firm currently holds the largest bids on four other 5MHz blocks of spectrum still on offer – standing at FJD18,000 per block. In an interview Mr Skelton said that the carrier was happy to have secured 15MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz band, while TFL’s acting CEO Ivan Fong is on record as saying that his company will use its three lots to supplement wireless broadband services for its Connect Fiji unit.