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LatAm: Brazil opens public consultation for 700 MHz auction

The Brazilian government has opened the public consultation period for its upcoming 700 MHz frequency band auction. Last year, during the  Futurecom event in Rio de Janeiro,telecom regulatory agency Anatel said that the 700 MHz auction would take place during the first half of 2014 with the goal of providing enough spectrum for LTE expansion in the country. The auction is now scheduled for August.
Anatel is also making the results of coexistence tests between digital television and telecommunications services on the 700 MHz band available on its website. The potential conflict has been the subject of many discussions among mobile operators, regulators and TV providers.
With the use of the 700 MHz band, Brazil is adopting the same LTE mobile service pattern as other countries, including the United States. Currently, Brazil’s LTE services operate on the 2.5 GHz band.
Satellite auction—Anatel also announced the winning bids for four satellite slots, in an auction that totaled approximately $68.9 million. The purpose of the auction was to strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure in the country. Seven firms initially bid for satellite positions, but only three companies were successful: Hispamar Satélites S.A and Eutelsat do Brasil LTDA each were awarded one slot;  SES DTH do Brasil LTDA had winning bids for two slots.
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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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