Conatel consults on Hondutel’s spectrum award; amends 700MHz auction timeframe again

29 Oct 2014

Honduran watchdog Comision Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) has opened a public consultation on the potential award of Long Term Evolution (LTE)-suitable frequencies in the 700MHz and 1700MHz bands to state-backed telecoms operator Hondutel. The spectrum for future allocation was outlined as follows: Block A, which comprises of 2×15MHz paired spectrum in the 703MHz-718MHz/758MHz-773MHz band, and Block B3, previously announced as available in a public consultation dated 22 July 2013, comprising of 2×20MHz paired blocks in the 1750MHz-1770MHz and 2150MHz-2170MHz bands. TeleGeography notes that B3 was provisionally granted to state-owned telco Hondutel in the October 2013 4G spectrum auction for use after its anticipated privatisation, as ordered by the president Porfirio Lobo Sosa.

Meanwhile, the regulator has modified its auction table for the imminent distribution of 700MHz spectrum yet again, pushing back the scheduled award date by a month. Under the updated timeframe, the list of pre-qualified bidders is due to be revealed on 4 November. Companies must formally register their bids on 6 November, with the determination of awards scheduled for 3 December. Payment for the concessions will need to be made between 4 December and 11 December, with the licences distributed from 12 December. Under the terms set out by its initial resolution, the regulator is looking to award a pair of 2×15MHz spectrum blocks in the 733MHz-748MHz and 788MHz-803MHz bands.

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