Uruguay confirms winners of 700MHz, 1700MHz/2100MHz spectrum auction

15 Aug 2017

Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones, URSEC) has announced the results of its auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) frequency bands. America Movil’s local mobile unit Claro bid a total of USD35.2 million for two blocks of 2×5MHz in the 700MHz band (718MHz-723MHz paired with 773MHz-778MHz and 723MHz-728MHz paired with 778MHz-783MHz) and two blocks of 2×5MHz in the 1700MHz/2100MHz range (1755MHz-1760MHz paired with 2155MHz-2160MHz and 1760MHz-1765MHz paired with 2160MHz-2165MHz). Movistar Uruguay, owned by Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, spent a combined USD30.9 million on three blocks of 2×5MHz in the 700MHz band (703MHz-708MHz paired with 758MHz-763MHz, 708MHz-713MHz paired with 763MHz-768MHz and 713MHz-718MHz paired with 768MHz-773MHz).

In addition, a total of 55MHz has been reserved for state-owned incumbent Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel), broken down as 40MHz of 700MHz frequencies and 15MHz in the AWS band. The spectrum licences are valid for a period of 20 years and the holders will have 24 months to roll out their networks.