Honduran telecoms watchdog the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) has launched public auction CNT-CP001/2014 in order to allocate Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band. Under the terms set out by the resolution, the regulator is looking to award one 2×15MHz paired block in the 733MHz-748MHz and 788MHz-803MHz bands (Block C). The tender documentation is available for purchase at Conatel’s offices in San Pedro Sula for a fee of USD3,000. According to Conatel’s schedule, interested parties need to register for the auction by 26 September 2014.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2013 Conatel awarded LTE-suitable spectrum in the 1700MHz and 2100MHz bands to America Movil and Millicom, operating in the country under the Claro and Tigo brands, respectively. Claro won Block B2, comprising of 2×20MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 1730MHz-1750MHz and 2130MHz-2150MHz bands, with a USD12.05 million bid, while Block B1, which comprised of 2×20MHz paired blocks in the 1710MHz-1730MHz and 2110MHz-2130MHz bands was granted to Tigo for USD12.055 million. Block B3 was reserved for state-owned telco Hondutel for use after its anticipated privatisation, as ordered by the president, Porfirio Lobo Sosa. B3 comprises of 2×20MHz paired blocks in the 1750MHz-1770MHz and 2150MHz-2170MHz bands. Tigo plans to launch 4G LTE services in the third quarter of 2014.