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Brazilian regulator seeks spectrum bids
24 January 2012
Telecoms commission Anatel wants wireless broadband to be available in match cities in time for 2014 World Cup
Brazilian telecoms authority Anatel has completed a draft of the 2.5 gigahertz and the 450 megahertz spectrum tenders. The commission said that will launch a public consultation over the draft, adding that it will tender the 451-458 and 461-468 megahertz spectrum for coverage in rural areas. The 2,500-2,690 megahertz band will be used for 4G, reports Business News Americas.
The public consultation will be open for 30 days, and the tenders are due by April 30, the regulator said. Regarding the 450 megahertz spectrum tenders, the regulator said that winners must “progressively expand the penetration of voice and data telecommunications services” across rural and remote areas at affordable rates.
Anatel sees the licensing as a key part of Brazil’s hosting of two international football competitions. The regulator said that 4G technologies should be made available across the 2013 Confederations Cup host cities by May 31 2013 and across host cities for the 2014 World Cup matches and training centres and facilities by December 31 2013.
Anatel said: “Broadband internet will also have to reach all rural area public schools located within the operator’s coverage area, free of charge.” It added that 4G must be launched in cities with 100,000 or more residents by December 2015 and in cities with between 30,000 and 100,000 residents by the end of 2017. GTB
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