Movistar, Claro begin negotiating for more spectrum

16 Aug 2013

Ecuador’s telecoms minister, Jaime Guerrero, has revealed that the government is beginning negotiations this week with the country’s two private sector mobile network operators, Movistar and Claro, to expand their licensed wireless frequency spectrum. Telesemana quotes Guerrero speaking at an international forum, where he disclosed that Movistar and Claro had asked to extend their licensed frequency blocks in the 1900MHz bands by 30MHz, and indicated that his ministry was in favour of granting the request by adding that ‘the increase represents an improvement in the quality of service provided to citizens.’ Currently, both Claro and Movistar have a concession of 30MHz each. Last year, regulator Conatel granted state-owned operator CNT an additional 30MHz in the 700MHz band plus 40MHz in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band, which CNT is utilising to deploy the country’s first 4G LTE network.