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Chile consultation on 3G auction runs Oct 5-24

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The antimonopoly commission (TDLC) is fielding the comments, having received a technical report from Subtel in September.

In June, Subtel asked the TDLC to determine whether existing mobile concession holders should be restricted from participating in upcoming auctions for mobile spectrum. TDLC then requested a report on the state of the market.

Subtel's idea is for the 3G operator to be a completely new mobile operator, effectively the fourth in this market. As the new operator would focus particularly on data services and not voice, Subtel believes there is little risk of further saturating what is already a highly competitive mobile market.

In June, Movistar Chile, of Spain's Telefonica, led the market with a 46% share, Entel PCS had 37.3%, while Claro Chile, of Mexico's America Movil had 16.7%.

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