Antel, Claro, Movistar scoop spectrum in Uruguayan auction

17 Dec 2019

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 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS), 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands. The process generated a total of USD65.427 million, with Telefonica Moviles del Uruguay (Movistar) leading the bidding, registering total commitments of USD28.015 million. Also successful were state-backed Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel, USD22.412 million) and America Movil-backed AM Wireless Uruguay (trading as Claro, USD15.0 million).

The total breakdown is as follows:

Claro

1765MHz-1770MHz/2165MHz-2170MHz (USD7.5 million)

1770MHz-1775MHz/2170MHz-2175MHz (USD7.5 million)

Antel

2510MHz-2515MHz/2630MHz-2635MHz (USD5.603 million)

2515MHz-2520MHz/2635MHz-2640MHz (USD5.603 million)

2520MHz-2525MHz/2640MHz-2645MHz (USD5.603 million)

2525MHz-2530MHz/2645MHz-2650MHz (USD5.603 million)

1820MHz-1830MHz (no licence fee)

1830MHz-1840MHz (no licence fee)

Movistar

2535MHz-2540MHz/2655MHz-2660MHz (USD7.001 million)

2540MHz-2545MHz/2660MHz-2665MHz (USD7.013 million)

2545MHz-2550MHz/2665MHz-2670MHz (USD7.001 million)

2550MHz-2555MHz/2670MHz-2675MHz (USD7.000 million)

(Note: a further five spectrum lots went unsold.)