Claro Uruguay, the local mobile unit of Mexican group America Movil (AM), plans to use the wireless spectrum it was awarded earlier this month to roll out 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services and to improve its existing mobile network, TeleSemana cites the company’s CEO Horacio Alvarellos as saying. In telecoms regulator URSEC’s recently-concluded spectrum auction, Claro secured two blocks of 1900MHz spectrum (1890MHz-1895MHz paired with 1970MHz-1975MHz and 1855MHz-1860MHz paired with 1935MHz-1940MHz) for a total of USD15.15 million, which the company plans to use to bolster its existing network, and also walked away with two blocks of 1700MHz/2100MHz spectrum (1745MHz-1750MHz paired with 2145MHz-2150MHz and 1750MHz-1755MHz paired with 2150MHz-2155MHz) for a total of USD15.2 million, which will be used to deploy LTE during 2013, according to the Claro executive. As reported by CommsUpdate, Movistar Uruguay, owned by Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, also took part in the auction, securing four 10MHz blocks in the 1900MHz band (bidding USD8.002 million for each lot of paired spectrum), while state-owned incumbent Antel did not participate in the tender, but will have to pay USD38 million for reserved spectrum, which includes one block of 10MHz in the 900MHz band and four lots in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band.
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