700MHz licences due in next six months

8 Jan 2015

Chile’s transport and telecommunications minister Andres Gomez-Lobo expects the winners of last year’s 700MHz spectrum auction to be allocated their frequencies in the next four to six months, now that the legal opposition to the award of the concessions has been quashed, the official said in an interview with news site Diario Financiero. Mr Gomez-Lobo explained that once the three winners – Entel, Claro and Movistar – pay the initial fees to the treasury it should take less than six months for the government to draw up and publish the necessary documents. Under the terms of the licences the trio have 18 months to launch services using the 700MHz band, and the official expects the frequencies to be in use by 2017.