Four countries in
Most regulators in the region have expressed interest in auctioning 700MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services, but face the challenge of guaranteeing that these frequencies are free from interference, as in many markets, analog TV signals must be migrated to a digital format in order to free up spectrum in the 700MHz band for use by mobile services.
The Chilean government is expected to auction spectrum in the 700MHz band in February of next year, according to telecoms regulator Subtel.
The Brazilian government is currently studying plans to relocate analog TV channels in the 700MHz spectrum in order to free up blocks for 4G transmission, which regulator Anatel plans to hold in the second quarter of next year.
Several auctions in other bands are also expected to take place next year, with the possibility of a spectrum tender in the AWS band in
The government has said that it is working to define the conditions of a bidding process to award 4G spectrum, and that state telco ArSat will have a key role in the future offering of LTE in the country.
The amount of spectrum which has been allocated in
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