Paraguayan telecoms regulator Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has confirmed its intention to launch a tender for 700MHz digital dividend spectrum in 2015, following the freeing up of the airwaves by the country’s broadcasters. Eduardo Gonzalez, the head of Conatel, told ABC Color that the watchdog also remains on track to stage an auction for 1700MHz frequencies later this year, although no concrete date has been set.
Previously, in October 2013 TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that an auction of advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands could take place in Paraguay as early as H1 2014. At that time, Gonzalez noted: ‘We have some international operators who have made an expression of interest in that band. It is important to generate maximum competition in both the access and the service’.