Vanuatu’s telecoms watchdog, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR), has announced that it has decided to assign frequencies in the 700MHz band for Long Term Evolution (LTE) use via a spectrum auction. The watchdog disclosed that, in order to assess the level of demand for 4G-suitable spectrum in the aforementioned band, it will call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) prior to the auction, with potential service providers required to state their frequency preferences and requirements in their applications. The TRR also stated that it may opt to skip the auction if the level of demand for spectrum could be met without a competitive tender process. Further, the watchdog has highlighted that a 2×5MHz spectrum block could be set aside for a new market entrant.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, TRR opened a public consultation on the potential allocation of the 694MHz-803MHz frequency band for LTE or LTE Advanced (LTE-A) wireless broadband services in May 2014. According to the document, the spectrum currently available for distribution in the 700MHz band comprises of 2×45MHz frequency division duplex (FDD) blocks.