Telefónica awarded 4G spectrum in Argentina

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Argentina's telecoms authority Secom awarded on Tuesday 4G mobile spectrum in the AWS band to Telefónica's local unit Movistar, the third license granted following the auction on October 31, according to Secom's website.

Movistar was awarded a national license in the 1,710-1,720MHz and 2,110-2,120MHz frequency bands.

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The company will have 10 days to meet the terms of the bidding rules, most importantly deposit the payment for the license and begin deployment of infrastructure for 4G. The bidding price was not revealed.

Last week, Telecom Personal, the mobile unit of Telecom Argentina, was awarded 3G and 4G spectrum, while on November 17, América Móvil unit Claro became the first company to be awarded 3G and 4G spectrum in Argentina.

The last remaining bidder in the auction, still to receive spectrum is Arlink. In total the four companies bid US$2.23bn, 13.6% higher than the US$1.97bn asking price.

The spectrum is badly needed as the last auction was 15 years ago and network quality is suffering. Ahead of the auction, Argentina's government proposed to reform the 42-year old telecoms law under which telecoms operators would be able to start offering TV services.