Anatel raises less than USD200m from ‘leftovers’ spectrum sale

23 Dec 2015

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that it has received bids totalling BRL762.67 million (USD190.33 million) in its multi-band spectrum auction, which comprised frequencies in the 1800MHz, 1900MHz and 2500MHz bands. Nextel Brasil made the highest financial commitment of all of the bidders, pledging BRL455 million for a block of 1800MHz spectrum covering Sao Paulo and Greater Sao Paulo. The company intends to use the spectrum to launch 4G LTE technology there.

Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) was next in line, lodging bids totalling BRL185.45 million, with its acquired spectrum said to include 2500MHz frequencies in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Claro paid BRL61.86 million for unspecified spectrum in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Rio Grande do Sul, while TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) won licences in Parana and Pernambuco, paying BRL56.50 million. Elsewhere, the likes of TPA Telecomunicacoes bid BRL2.46 million, Lig Telecomunicacoes (BRL1.05 million), Sercomtel (BRL241,000) and Clivo Participacoes (BRL120,001), all securing minor spectrum allowances. Sky Brasil Servicos (Sky Brazil) – the only other company that registered to participate in the auction – was conspicuous by its absence when the results were announced.

Finally, Anatel confirmed that it received a total of 5,479 ‘Lot C’ bids from 324 different companies, totalling BRL89.9 million. This spectrum in this lot was divided into roughly 9,000 regional parcels and distributed on a municipality-by-municipality basis.