Would-be wireless operator Arlink enlists Chinese assistance

3 Feb 2015

Grupo Uno, the Argentine media conglomerate which hopes to enter the country’s wireless market through its Arlink unit, has reportedly entered into talks with China Mobile and Chinese vendor Huawei Technologies, with a view to facilitating its planned launch. According to Signals Telecoms News, the operator is looking for Chinese backing, despite the question marks that continue to linger regarding its eligibility as a service provider and its precise frequency allocation.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2014 Grupo Uno was named as a pre-qualified bidder for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones’ (SeCom’s) 3G and 4G spectrum auction. Although fellow bidders Movistar, Personal and Claro were all awarded their desired spectrum allocations following the auction’s conclusion, Grupo Uno was conspicuous by its absence, with no word forthcoming from the watchdog.

TeleGeography notes that Grupo Uno has an unfortunate track record in terms of Argentine spectrum auctions; in 1H12 the company registered its interest to participate in SeCom’s auction of 850MHz and 1900MHz frequencies, only to see its plans dashed when the government abruptly cancelled the auction in September that year.

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