Paraguay’s National Telecommunications Council (Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones, Conatel) has confirmed that three of the country’s four mobile operators – Claro, Tigo and Personal – have registered bids for its 700MHz spectrum auction, with state-backed market minnow Vox sitting out the process. The results of the tender are expected to be made public later this month, following an examination by the regulator’s technical office.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the spectrum sale saw seven 2×5MHz paired frequency blocks auctioned with a reserve price of USD12 million each. The spectrum blocks have been divided as follows:
Block C: 713MHz-718MHz/768MHz-773MHz;
Block D: 718MHz-723MHz/773MHz-778MHz;
Block E: 723MHz-728MHz/778MHz-783MHz;
Block F: 728MHz-733MHz/783MHz-788MHz;
Block G: 733MHz-738MHz/788MHz-793MHz;
Block H: 738MHz-743MHz/793MHz-798MHz; and
Block I: 743MHz-748MHz/798MHz-803MHz.
The watchdog stipulated a 700MHz spectrum limit of 40MHz (2×20MHz) for all participating companies, while Conatel president Teresita Palacios noted that winning bidders will be expected to extend services to underserved rural areas, via the construction of new telecentres, as part of the licensing conditions.