Argentinian regulatory duo the Secretaria de Comunicaciones (SeCom) and the Comision Nacional de Comunicaciones (CNC) have confirmed that Claro Argentina has paid USD281.49 million for the 3G and 4G-suitable spectrum that it was awarded in the government’s recent frequency auction. While the licence fees attributed to rival cellcos Telecom Argentina (Personal) and Movistar Argentina have yet to be formally divulged by the authorities, local business site Ambito Financiero has reported that the former will pay USD410.78 million, with the last-named due to pay USD209.14 million. Movistar opted not to bid for 3G spectrum, while Personal acquired supplementary regional frequencies in the 850MHz band, hence the disparity in licence fees. The spectrum awarded to the fourth and final bidder, media conglomerate Arlink (Grupo Uno), has yet to be confirmed by the regulators.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, winners of the 4G spectrum are 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.