Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has completed a tender to allocate satellite positions to a number of companies in a bid to increase both voice and data transmission capacity in the country, BNAmericas reports. Under the tender, which raised BRL153 million (USD70 million) for the government – 213% higher than the reserve price – Anatel selected three firms from the initial list of seven to receive the four satellite positions on offer. The companies winning out are: Hispamar Satelites, a joint venture between locally owned Oi SA and Spain’s Hispasat, which paid BRL65 million for the first Ku band satellite position; SES DTH do Brasil, a unit of Netherlands-based group SES, which acquired the second position (to transmit C, Ku and Ka bands frequencies) and third position (a Ku band satellite) for BRL33 million and BRL26.8 million respectively; and France’s Eutelsat do Brasil unit, which was awarded the fourth position with a BRL28.3 million bid. The Eutelsat orbiter will use frequencies covered under Appendix 30B of the ITU Radio Communication Regulation, whose bands can provide all fixed telecommunications services, Anatel said. Each of the four contracts is valid for an initial 15-year period, extendable for another 15 years.