Claro to purchase Entel’s excess 3.5GHz airwaves

21 May 2021

Claro Chile has agreed to purchase a 2×15MHz tranche of 3.5GHz spectrum from rival full-service provider Entel for USD10.75 million, Pisapapeles reports. Following the auction of 5G licences earlier this year Entel’s total holdings in the 3.5GHz band totalled 130MHz, exceeding the 105MHz limit for the range. As such, the operator was required to dispose of a portion of its airwaves in that band, either by selling them to another provider or returning them to the regulator. Claro, by contrast, had failed to win any additional 3.5GHz frequencies in the tender and was looking to bolster its holdings in the band to power its 5G services. The spectrum to be acquired by Claro – subject to regulatory approvals – comprises the airwaves at 3425MHz-3440MHz/3525MHz-3540MHz and is valid until 12 December 2031, when the original 30-year licences awarded to Entel is due to expire. Notably, however, use of the frequencies is currently limited to the provision of fixed-wireless services and the concession will need to be modified by the regulator for Claro to utilise the spectrum for full mobility services.

Chile, Claro Chile, Department of Telecommunications (Subtel), Entel Chile