Colombian watchdog publishes draft consultation for multi-band auction

19 May 2015

Colombian telecoms watchdog the Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones (MinTIC) has published a draft document relating to its proposed public consultation on the bidding rules for its planned multi-band spectrum auction. Spectrum bands going under the hammer include the 900MHz, 1900MHz and 2500MHz bands, as well as frequencies in the 700MHz ‘Digital Dividend’ (technically 698MHz-806MHz) band. The document was drawn up by the MinTIC in conjunction with the Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE) and the Comision de Regulacion de Comunicaciones (CRC).

According to the draft document, the government is looking to offer 20MHz in each of the 700MHz and 900MHz bands, plus a 5HMz block in the 1900MHz band and a 30MHz block in the 2500MHz band. The last named block could be auctioned as a single allocation; meaning, two blocks of 15MHz, or three blocks of 10MHz. A 10MHz block in the 700MHz band is likely to be reserved for public security use.

Comments are open until 12 June and the auction is expected to be completed in 2016.