Anatel clears Oi Movel spectrum transfer

Anatel clears Oi Movel spectrum transfer

Brazilian operators Claro Brasil, Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) and TIM Brasil are set to take control of the spectrum licences currently held by Oi Movel, after the country’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) granted approval for the transfer.

Local news outlet TeleTime reports that Oi’s assets will be divided into three allocations, with each to be handled by one of three separate holding companies: Cozani, Garliava and Jonava.

TIM will receive the permits handled by Cozani, including 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2.5GHz frequencies as well as 2100MHz spectrum. This holding covers Brazil’s North, Northeast and Southeast regions, including Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.

Vivo will receive its holding from Garliava, including licences for the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2.5GHz bands primarily focused in Brazil’s Northeast. Claro will not receive any additional spectrum as part of the transaction; according to CommsUpdate, the holding that it will take from Jonava focuses on secondary spectrum rights and RAN sharing agreements.

The mobile unit of Oi, Oi Movel was sold at auction in December 2020 for BRL16.5 billion (USD3.25 billion), with the bid split between its three biggest rivals. Anatel cleared the transaction on 31st January this year, with CADE (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica / Administrative Council for Economic Defence) providing its approval swiftly afterwards on 9th February.

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