Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has agreed to provide the country’s incumbent mobile operators with additional 2600MHz frequencies, in order to help them boost LTE coverage. As part of the distribution process ENACOM will reorganise existing 2600MHz spectrum holdings on a contiguous basis. The decision was authorised by the regulator’s Board of Directors which convened for its 78th meeting.
ENACOM stated: ‘This new assignment, and the subsequent reordering of all assignments, will give providers the possibility of equalising their holdings both in the total amounts and in the amounts assigned in the 2600MHz band … this will promote general efficiency and competition between the different operators, resulting in an improvement in the quality of the 4G service received by users.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May 2017 ENACOM initiated a tender process for FDD/TDD spectrum in the 2500MHz-2690MHz (2.6GHz) frequency range. Two months later it was confirmed that Claro and Movistar had each acquired 2×15MHz FDD blocks, while Personal bid on a 2×20MHz FDD block alongside an unpaired 20MHz TDD block; no prices were disclosed.