Uruguay examines sale of 5G-suitable spectrum

11 Jan 2019

The government of Uruguay plans to hold an auction for spectrum in the 600MHz and 2.5GHz band this year, Busqueda reports, citing government sources. The spectrum sale has been scheduled to take place in mid-2019, with the aim of enabling the provision of 5G communication services by mobile operators. The amount of spectrum that will be made available to operators is still being examined, the sources added, although the 600MHz band needs to be freed up by cableco Cablevision before it can be reallocated, a process which is expected to be completed by July.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Uruguayan mobile sector is home to three wireless operators, namely state-owned Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel), Telefonica of Spain subsidiary Movistar, and Claro, owned by America Movil.