Antel to pay USD45m for reserved spectrum

23 Aug 2017

Following the recently concluded auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz (AWS) frequency bands, Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones, URSEC) has revealed that state-owned telecoms operator Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) will pay USD45.39 million for the spectrum that was reserved for it. A total of 55MHz was earmarked for Antel, broken down as: four blocks of 2×5MHz in the 700MHz band (728MHz-733MHz paired with 783MHz-788MHz, 733MHz-738MHz paired with 788MHz-793MHz, 738MHz-743MHz paired with 793MHz-798MHz and 743MHz-748MHz paired with 798MHz-803MHz), each costing USD10.22 million; one block of 2×5MHz in the 1900MHz/2100MHz range (1920MHz-1925MHz paired with 2110MHz-2115MHz), for which it paid USD3.0 million; and one 5MHz block of unpaired 2120MHz-2125MHz spectrum, costing USD1.5 million.

Earlier this month it was revealed that in the bidding process, America Movil’s local mobile unit Claro bid a total of USD35.20 million for two blocks of 2×5MHz in the 700MHz band and two blocks of 2×5MHz in the 1700MHz/2100MHz range, while Movistar Uruguay, owned by Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, spent a combined USD30.92 million on three blocks of 2×5MHz in the 700MHz band.

The spectrum licences are valid for a period of 20 years and the holders will have 24 months to roll out their networks.

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