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Chile Confirms LTE Auction This December

23 августа 2010

Chile's telecoms regulator Subtel will auction off radio spectrum for LTE services in December this year and plans to award the licenses around the middle of next year, Subtel's head Jorge Atton told BNAmericas.

"The 2.6 GHz band is available. We are clearing the spectrum and we've decided to auction it. We want coverage and we want broadband capacity to grow and for that we have to provide spectrum," he said.

"In December we will launch the auction. Then a three to five-month process will follow, meaning we hope to award the spectrum no later than June, which will coincide with the introduction of number portability and greater competition," Atton said. "By then Nextel and VTR should be operating in the market. We will have greater competition, which will bring price reductions and better quality of service for the consumer."

The regulator has also previously talked of selling off digital dividend spectrum in the 700Mhz bands early next year.

Based on figures from the Mobile World analysts, the market shares of the three main operators at the end of last year were: Movistar (43.7%), Entel (36.6%) and Claro (19.6%). There are now 16.6 million registered phone accounts in the country.


Источник: Cellular news

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