Cape Verde telecoms regulator the Agencia Nacional das Comunicacoes (ANAC) has opened a public consultation into the distribution of 4G LTE licences. The process, which was initiated on 21 September, will remain open until 30 October. According to the watchdog’s consultation document, the spectrum most likely to be repurposed for 4G use is the 800MHz (790MHz-862MHz) so-called ‘digital dividend’ band. TeleGeography notes that ANAC selected Thomson Broadcast to oversee its analogue-to-digital migration in August this year.
ANAC is planning to offer 10MHz blocks of 800MHz spectrum to interested parties, with a 2016 auction date mooted. Further, provisional 4G coverage obligations set out in the document are as follows: 50% of the population covered with LTE technology within the first year of service, rising to 70% within three years, 80% after five years and 95% coverage a decade after receiving the initial licence.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, ANAC awarded 3G licences to both CV Movel and T+ in December 2011, but failed in its attempt to find a third player for the market at that time, with a combined 2G/3G licence remaining unsold. CV Movel launched 3G in the first quarter of 2012, while T+ inaugurated UMTS services in Q3 2012.