The Honduran National Congress has agreed to extend Tigo’s recently awarded 4G LTE concession by seven years, from 2021 to 2028, TeleSemana reports. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 Conatel awarded LTE-suitable spectrum to America Movil (AM) and Millicom International Cellular (MIC), operating in the country under the Claro and Tigo brands, respectively. Block B1, which comprised of 2×20MHz paired blocks in the 1710MHz-1730MHz and 2110MHz-2130MHz bands was awarded to Tigo, as it was the only bidder for the concession; the cellco paid USD12.055 million for the spectrum.
Under the terms set out by the licences, the cellcos are required to establish and operate national 2G networks in 100% of Honduran municipalities within three years from authorisation; their 3G networks must reach 25% territorial coverage in the same period, while the footprint of the 4G networks should cover 15% of the territory by 2016, corresponding to the country’s major cities. Conatel’s president Ricardo Cardona added that Claro and Tigo were obliged to deploy their respective LTE networks within a 15-18 month time-frame; both companies are required to offer the services in at least ten major cities.