Paraguayan 700MHz auction generates USD84.5m; Tigo leads bidding

8 Jan 2018

Paraguay’s National Telecommunications Council (Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) has announced that its 700MHz spectrum auction – which took place on 4 January – generated total bids of USD84.540 million. Tigo Paraguay scooped the largest spectrum allocation, offering USD36.325 million, while Claro and Personal submitted bids of USD24.215 million and USD24.000 million, respectively. State-backed market minnow Vox opted to sit out the bidding process altogether.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the spectrum sale saw seven 2×5MHz paired frequency blocks auctioned with a reserve price of USD12 million each. The spectrum blocks were divided as follows:

Block C: 713MHz-718MHz/768MHz-773MHz;

Block D: 718MHz-723MHz/773MHz-778MHz;

Block E: 723MHz-728MHz/778MHz-783MHz;

Block F: 728MHz-733MHz/783MHz-788MHz;

Block G: 733MHz-738MHz/788MHz-793MHz;

Block H: 738MHz-743MHz/793MHz-798MHz; and

Block I: 743MHz-748MHz/798MHz-803MHz.

The precise spectrum allocations awarded to the bidders have not yet been made public.