Buenos Aires-based cableco TeleCentro has reportedly lodged a bid for one of the concessions included in the 2500MHz-2690MHz (2.5GHz) tender process that is currently being held by the National Entity for Communications (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM). The other bidders have been named as mobile incumbents Claro, Movistar and Telecom Personal, while Nextel is sitting the process out, after acquiring 2.5GHz spectrum holders Callbi, Infotel, Skyonline de Argentina, Netizen and Eritown Corporation Argentina from co-owners WX Telecommunications and Greenmax Telecommunications in January 2017.
As part of the licence conditions, successful applicants for the frequency division duplex (FDD) blocks must launch 2.5GHz networks in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, CABA) within twelve months; cover the Area Metropolitana Buenos Aires (AMBA) within 18 months; and launch in all provincial capitals (as well as the cities of Mar del Plata, Bahia Blanca and Rosario) within 24 months. Time division duplex (TDD) spectrum, meanwhile, has looser rollout obligations, with a four-year deployment timeframe stipulated. All licences will be valid for a period of 15 years.
A final decision is expected from ENACOM within ten working days of the 31 May deadline.