Brazil considers auction of new 4G spectrum

The president of Brazil’s telecoms regulator has told Bloomberg that his country is considering an auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band for use with 4G wireless services.

The spectrum is currently used for television broadcasting in Brazil but will become free when Globo Comunicacao e Participacoes SA and Grupo Record, among other TV networks, complete their transition to digital broadcasting from analog signals.

The networks have been forced to complete that transition by June 2016 under a presidential decree of June 2006.

The president of Brazil’s telecoms regulator has told Bloomberg that his country is considering an auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band for use with 4G wireless services.

The spectrum is currently used for television broadcasting in Brazil but will become free when Globo Comunicacao e Participacoes SA and Grupo Record, among other TV networks, complete their transition to digital broadcasting from analog signals.

The networks have been forced to complete that transition by June 2016 under a presidential decree of June 2006.

Joao Rezende, the president of Anatel, reportedly told Bloomberg that studies into the use of the spectrum are due to be completed by the end of the year, and that Anatel and Brazil’s communications ministry will develop an auction plan at that stage.

“It’s possible that we’ll create space for fourth-generation mobile services,” he is quoted as saying.

The Bloomberg story says that auction could proceed as early as December 2013.

In June, Brazil raised $1.4 billion from the auction of 2.5GHz spectrum for use with 4G services.