Avantel keen to bid for new frequencies

27 Oct 2014

Newcomer to the mobile market Avantel is ‘very interested’ in participating in the upcoming auction of 900MHz and 1900MHz spectrum, but wants the government to ensure that the conditions of the sale will give smaller operators the opportunity to win the frequencies. La Republica cites Avantel chairman Jorge Andres Palacio as saying that ‘the spectra at low bands are highly sought-after’ adding that the frequencies can yield important social benefits due to the more efficient coverage in rural and remote areas. Commenting on the newcomer’s progress, the official said that the company has signed up around 400,000 subscribers and now offers Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in 27 cities nationwide. Mr Palacio is also confident that the operator will reach the government’s target coverage of 57 municipalities well ahead of its five-year deadline.

Colombia, Avantel (Colombia)