Argentina to Hold its First Radio Spectrum Auction in 15 Years
Published on: 15th May 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The Argentine government has outlined plans to auction off nearly 250Mhz of additional radio spectrum.
The government will offer licenses for the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services - 1700-2100MHz) and 700MHz spectrum bands for deploying 4G mobile services in the country.
As well as 120MHz in the AWS band and 90MHz in the 700MHz band under the APT band plan for 4G, the government also announced the licensing of 7.5MHz in the 850MHz band and 30MHz in the 1900MHz band for 2G and 3G, resulting in a total of nearly 250MHz of spectrum to support the expansion of mobile services in Argentina.
Argentina has been in need of new spectrum for mobile broadband as the last auction took place 15 years ago in 1999.
"With more than 63 million mobile connections and almost 30 million unique subscribers, Argentina is the third largest market in Latin America and has grown 300 per cent in the last 10 years," said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. "This positive decision by the Argentine Government will enable the mobile industry to continue to increase the scope and scale of the mobile services it offers to Argentina's citizens."