Subtel to publish 4G bidding rules in 2 weeks

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chile will publish in two weeks the bidding rules of a tender for spectrum that is expected to be used for 4G mobile services, local daily Diario Financiero reported.

Telecoms regulator Subtel head Jorge Atton said the spectrum was expected to be auctioned in the first quarter of 2012.

Though not specified, Subtel has previously indicated that the spectrum to be auctioned will be 2.6 GHz, intended for implementing LTE. In Chile, services using HSPA+ technology, also considered by some as 4G, are already on offer.

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Unlike Subtel's previous spectrum auction held in 2009, this time there will be no restrictions on existing players from bidding, Atton said.

Subtel imposed a spectrum cap of 60 MHz per player during the auction for the 1,700/2,100 MHz bands, which prevented existing operators Movistar, Entel and Claro from participating, in a move designed to allow new players to enter the market. Trunking operator Nextel and local cable provider VTR ended up winning the spectrum blocks available.