The National Entity for Communications (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has authorised Grupo Clarin-backed Nextel Argentina to become the country’s fourth LTE provider. The decision was rubber-stamped following the signing of Decree 1340/2016 and Resolution 171/2017, the watchdog notes, while Nextel will be permitted to utilise its newly acquired spectrum holdings in the 900MHz and 2.5GHz bands to deploy 4G networks.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Nextel’s 2016 acquisitions of Trixco, Callbi, Infotel, Skyonline de Argentina, Netizen and Eritown Corporation Argentina were approved by ENACOM in January this year. 900MHz frequency holder Trixco was bought from Gridley Investments, while the other four 2.5GHz licence holders were acquired from co-owners WX Telecommunications and Greenmax Telecommunications.
Media conglomerate Grupo Clarin acquired 49% of Nextel Argentina in September 2015, before going on to acquire the remaining 51% stake in January 2016.