19 March 2018
| James Pearce
Argentina is looking to raise around $800 million with an auction of 90MHz of 4G spectrum, with the likes of Telecom Argentina, Telefonica and Claro all expressing interest, according to reports.
The auction is expected to consist of 60MHz of spectrum that
was granted to Arlink but later returned, along with 30MHz of
spectrum held by state-owned Arsat, Reuters claims, citing an
unnamed government source.
The Arsat spectrum cannot be auctioned unless there is a
change in regulation, a spoklesperson for
Argentina’s Modernisation Ministry added, but this
is expected to happen around the middle of 2018, Reuters
The plans come as both Telecom Argentina and Telefonica have
revealed significant investment plans for the country. The
former has pledged to invest $5 billion to boost infrastructure
in Argentina, while Telefonica has also announced plans to up
its investment by pledging $2.6 billion into the country,
according to a report from iProfesional.
"We view a government spectrum auction as good and
necessary, keeping in mind the huge growth in the use of mobile
data, with permanent connectivity demand from users," Telecom
Argentina told Reuters.
Claro, owned by Mexican company America Movilhas also
unveiled plans to invest around $400 million per year through
2020 to improve service to the 21 million customers it has in
The investments follow a move by regulator Enacom in January
telecoms which saw it approve rules allowing companies to offer
converged mobile, fixed, pay-TV and internet services.