Chilean mobile operators have called on telecoms regulator Subtel to clarify certain aspects of its proposed national spectrum plan for the upcoming 5G technology.
Chilean telcos were at loggerheads with Subtel for much of last year after a series of controversial decisions by the authority, which included confiscating the 3.5GHz band to study its use with 5G technology as well as proposing to cut mobile termination rates by 84%.
In October, Subtel said it had filed a public consultation with the anti-trust commission TDLC on the proposed spectrum plan.
At the same time the watchdog partially lifted the freeze on the 3.5GHz band and proposed to raise spectrum caps in an attempt to avoid a stand-off between operators and the supreme court, which had ruled the operators should return spectrum for having exceeded spectrum limits during a 2014 auction for the 700MHz band.
Entel said that the 100MHz concession it holds in the 3.5GHz band, which it uses for providing rural fixed wireless technology, should be respected and not confiscated for 5G purposes.
Meanwhile, Movistar said it was "surprising" that at a time when operators needed more spectrum than ever, the authorities were proposing to punish those that had invested in building out their telecommunications infrastructure.
Claro touched on the supreme court's ruling, which is still unresolved, saying that forcing operators to return spectrum was illegal and anti-competitive.
WOM said that the authorities need to put forward proposals that lead to equal distribution of spectrum, while VTR said that Subtel needs to clarify several aspects of its spectrum plan that remain unclear.