Nextel Brasil out of 700MHz auction; may participate in 1800MHz Sao Paulo tender

25 Sep 2014

Nextel Brasil, a unit of troubled US-based group NII Holdings Inc, has decided not to participate in Brazil’s auction of 4G-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz band, but is looking to take part in the sell-off of regional surplus frequencies, expected to take place in mid-2015. As the country’s regulator Anatel confirmed that Telefonica Brasil (Vivo), America Movil’s Claro (Brasil), TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and Algar Telecom (formerly CTBC) had submitted bids by the 23 September deadline – Oi SA having been the other major player opting not to take part – Nextel Brasil explained that although it will not compete for the lower frequency bands on offer, it will however look to bid on 1800MHz blocks in Greater Sao Paulo next year. The frequencies on offer formerly belonged to the now defunct Unicel do Brasil Telecomunicacoes (Unicel, trading under the banner Aeiou).

Anatel’s 700MHz auction failed to attract a newcomer or a foreign operator, as expected by the federal government and local telecoms authorities.