Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) has opened applications for its auction of 4G wireless spectrum, which will take place on 25 October. The regulator is offering frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. Interested bidders – which are expected to include the country’s three incumbent cellcos Vodacom, mCel and Movitel – have 60 days to apply to take part in the sale.
In the 800MHz range, five lots of 2×5MHz will be sold, with a reserve price of USD15 million per lot, while six blocks of 2×5MHz will be auctioned at 1800MHz, with a minimum bid of USD30 million per lot. At 2600MHz, meanwhile, nine packets of 2×5MHz spectrum are on offer, with each lot carrying a reserve price of USD15 million. If all frequencies are sold the auction will raise at least USD390 million.