Peru postpones 700MHz auction until 2016
Peruvian investment promotion agency ProInversión has postponed plans to award the 700MHz band for use with 4G telecommunications until 2016, according to a report by local daily La República.
The delay is the fourth since 2013 and will come as a blow to major players looking to differentiate themselves in a increasingly competitive market.
In February, ProInversión said it would auction three blocks (15+15MHz each) in the 700MHz band sometime this year.
4G technology is being deployed in Peru via the 899-915MHz and 944-960MHz bands in Lima and Callao, as well as 902-915MHz and 947-960MHz for the rest of the country, awarded to Vietnamese operator Viettel in 2012. At national level, Spain's Telefónica and Chile's Entel are also developing the 4G bands 1710-1770MHz and 2110-2170MHz, awarded in 2013.
Claro is the most badly in need of the 700MHz band, as it is currently using its 3G spectrum to offer higher speed connectivity. The company has attempted to acquire a portion of spectrum used by Telefónica but the deal is still awaiting the green light from the telecommunications and transport ministry (MTC).
Patrick Nixon (bnamericas.com)
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