The Paraguayan government expects to kick off its long-delayed auction for 4G-suitable spectrum in December this year, online news site ABC Color reports citing comments from Teresita Palacios, the acting president of regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel). Mr Palacios, who took over following the recent departure of Eduardo Gonzalez to state-owned telco Copaco, told the newspaper that Conatel personnel are in the midst of making ‘final adjustments’ to the bidding terms, which will then be offered for public consultation next week.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2013 Gonzalez indicated that the watchdog was looking to auction off its AWS spectrum reserves as early as 1H14, although no tender materialised. At that time, Gonzalez noted that international bidders would be allowed to participate in the tender, saying: ‘We have some international operators who have made an expression of interest in that band. It is important to generate maximum competition in both the access and the service’.
As per previous regulatory documentation, the auction is likely to comprise 40MHz of paired AWS spectrum in the 1730MHz-1770MHz and 2130MHz-2170MHz bands.