Paraguay’s National Telecommunications Council (Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) has confirmed that Tigo and Claro have registered applications for the watchdog’s imminent 2100MHz/1700MHz AWS spectrum auction, while noting that Telecom Personal (Nucleo) – the country’s second largest cellco by subscribers – has opted not to participate in the process. Conatel has now clarified that it intends to distribute the spectrum between 17 and 21 December, and anticipates that the frequency holders will be in a position to launch commercial services by August 2016.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, twelve paired 2×5MHz AWS sub-bands have been made available for auction by the government, while the maximum spectrum allowance each carrier can be assigned has been set at 30MHz. The minimum bidding price for a sub-band has been set at USD15 million. Interested parties were given until 3 December to file applications for the tender.
State-backed mobile operator Hola Paraguay (Vox) was also conspicuous by its absence; the cellco activated its own 4G network back in December 2012, utilising unused 3G spectrum secured back in August 2008.