Argentina’s Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom) has confirmed that it has completed its pre-qualification analysis of the four applications it received from companies hoping to participate in this month’s auction of 3G and 4G licences. As such, mobile operators Claro Argentina, Telecom Personal and Telefonica Moviles (Movistar), alongside media conglomerate Arlink (Grupo Uno), will now go head-to-head for the spectrum later this month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, SeCom is offering national 4G LTE spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) frequency bands, as well as surplus regional 3G spectrum in the 850MHz (SRMC) and 1900MHz (PCS) ranges. Winning bidders of the 4G spectrum will be required to provide coverage of all localities with more than 500 inhabitants (around 98% of the population) within five years, with the licences valid for a period of 15 years. The 3G licences have been divided up into three geographic areas: North, South and Buenos Aires metropolitan area. The government is expected to hold the auction on 31 October, with spectrum permits awarded in mid-November.