Entel, Claro, Movistar agree to return 3.5GHz spectrum

1 Nov 2019

Chilean mobile operators Entel, Claro and Movistar have reportedly informed the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) that they are willing to return surplus spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, thus bringing to an end a lengthy impasse. Other frequencies will also be relinquished, as the players in question seek to comply with spectrum caps.

Local news site La Tercera writes that Entel will return 20MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz via the modification of its existing concession, while its long-distance operating unit Transam Comunicaciones (acquired back in 2010) will return 10MHz in the 900MHz band in the form of 14 regional permits. Claro will also relinquish 20MHz in the 3.5GHz band, while Movistar has agreed to part with 10MHz in the 1900MHz band and a further 10MHz block of regional 3.5GHz spectrum.

Subtel has notified the Antitrust Tribunal (Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia, TDLC) of the outcome. Going forward, all three operators are now obliged to free up the agreed spectrum within a two-year timeframe.