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LATIN AMERICA: 9 Latin American Countries to Allocate Mobile Broadband in 2017 and 2018
December 12, 2016

OBSERVACOM (Observatorio Latinoamericano de Regulación, Medios y Convergencia) published on December 9, 2016, an article which states that over the next two years, 2017 and 2018 respectively, Latin American countries such as: Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, México, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, will be deploying a capacity on output power of 1,156 MHz and will continue to deploy 1.556 MHz.

The main points mentioned in the draft were:

Colombia: Planning to license 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5GHz bands during 2016 – 2017.

Costa Rica: Planning to allocate 1.8 GHz and 1.9/2.1 GHz on 2017.

Guatemala: Public Auctions announcements on 1.7Ghz and 2.1 GHz. Bands will take place during 2017.

El Salvador: To be defined.

Honduras: The Government is planning to license the 700 MHz, 900 MHz and the 2.5 GHz bands in 2017

Mexico: In addition to the 700 MHz that had already been allocated. The government plans to establish the ¨Network Share¨ “Red Compartida”, which means it will license a 2.5 GHz band in 2018 and what remains of the AWS-3 700 MHz Band (No date has been set).

Paraguay and Uruguay: Both countries are going forward with licensing the 700 MHz band. Paraguay foresees a process on the 2.5 GHz band, on the other hand, Uruguay will be on the AWS (1.7/2.1 GHz) band.

Venenzuela: To be defined.