Brazilian 5G auction kicks off; first day bids reach BRL7.1 billion

5 Nov 2021

Brazil’s multi-band 5G spectrum auction commenced yesterday (4 November), generating first-day bids of BRL7.089 billion (USD1.3 billion). According to TeleTime, Claro Brasil is currently in pole position, notching up bids worth BRL1.632 billion for a combination of 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum. Interestingly, regional ISP Brisanet currently ranks second (BRL1.466 billion), after bidding on 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz frequencies. TIM Brasil and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) have also bid on the same two bands, with commitments of BRL975.8 million and BRL966.7 million, respectively.

One of the more eye-catching participants, meanwhile, is Winity Telecom, a holding company backed by investment firms Patria Investments and Blackstone. Winity has scooped a national 700MHz licence for BRL1.428 billion. Other successful bidders include regional telcos Algar Telecom and Sercomtel. The sale process will resume today, with 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum going under the hammer this morning.

Last month Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) confirmed that a total of 15 companies had registered to participate in the 5G auction, namely: Algar Telecom, Brasil Digital Telecomunicacoes, Brisanet, Claro Brasil, Cloud2u, Consorcio 5G Sul (including Unifique), Fly Link, Mega Net, Neko Servicos, NK 108 (including Highline and Digital Bridge), Sercomtel Telecomunicacoes, Telefonica Brasil, TIM Brasil, VDF Tecnologia and Winity Telecom.