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Futurecom 2013: Brazil to auction 700 MHz in first half 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s 700 MHz auction is expected to take place during the first half of next year with the goal of providing enough spectrum bands for LTE expansion in the country, according to João Rezende, president of Brazil’s telecom regulatory agency, Anatel, and Genildo Lins de Albuquerque, the executive secretary of the ministry of communications (Minicom). Rezende and Albuquerque spoke at Futurecom, the largest ICT event in Latin America.

Brazil auctioned the 2.5 GHz spectrum band in June 2012, and the carriers that acquired licenses have begun to provide LTE commercial services. According to Anatel’s last report, the country had almost 400,000 LTE connections as of August.

Current discussions about the 700 MHz auction have focused on how to keep wireless telephony services from interfering with the analog television signal currently using the bandwidth. Recent studies showed that this conflict might occur in 700 municipalities across Brazil. “The government has to secure the expansion of the mobile broadband services throughout the country,” Rezende said. “This frequency band belongs to the government. No company will disappear or be compromised.”

Public consultation will begin to discuss possible solutions to the interference issue. Several debates have already occurred involving telecom operators and TV providers as well as government officials.

The 700 MHz spectrum band auction has been expected ever since carriers started advocating for LTE deployment in this band because it covers a broader range, optimizing investment.

In February, Minicom decided to allow the allocation of the 700 MHz spectrum band for LTE mobile broadband, publishing its decision in the official gazette (Diário Oficial). This meant that Anatel received a green light to open debate and begin studies on the use of 700 MHz for LTE deployment. Currently, the 700 MHz spectrum is allocated for analog television in Brazil.

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Roberta Prescott
Roberta Prescott
Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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