Brazil’s telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) has extended the usage rights attached to Claro Brasil’s frequencies in the 450MHz band until 2027, Telesintese reports. The cellco was issued with the spectrum back in June 2012, as part of a programme designed to drive rural broadband use. Claro holds 450MHz frequencies in nine states, namely: Amazonas (AM), Amapa (AP), Roraima (RR), Para (PA), Acre (AC), Rondonia (RO) and Tocantins (TO), all of which are situated in the North Region; as well as Bahia (BA) and Maranhao (MA) in the North-east Region.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Anatel attempted to auction off 450MHz spectrum in June 2012, only for the process to fail to generate any bids. The government promptly changed tack, and ordered all companies participating in the parallel 2500MHz spectrum auction to take 450MHz lots as well, while adhering to a strict rollout timetable. Specifically, 30% of rural areas were to be covered by June 2014, rising to 60% by December 2014 and 100% by December 2015; Anatel classifies a rural area as being one that is at least 30km from any municipality.