Will the 2.5GHz auction finally go ahead in Guatemala?

Will the 2.5GHz auction finally go ahead in Guatemala?

A spectrum auction in Guatemala in the mid-2.5GHZ band, delayed for a number of years, is, apparently, set to go ahead.

Local press reports have suggested that some 120MHz of spectrum in the 2.5GHz-2.6GHz range will be auctioned, possibly in the next six months. This follows close to 50 frequency assignment requests for different applications and services received by the regulator, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT).

The band is said to be suitable for both mobile coverage and fixed wireless use cases. These frequencies will probably be used for 4G services or higher – the 2.5GHz band is being used internationally for 5G services – assuming there is interest in the spectrum. This will be determined via a market consultation held by the regulator with local and international operators.

The BNamericas website reports that the overall process will take up to six months and involve the valuation of the bands, deciding the exact amount of spectrum to be offered and drawing up the bidding rules, among other aspects. What’s not clear is whether the actual auction will take place in that timeframe. However, the spectrum has been valued at between US$30 million and US$50 million, which will no doubt be an incentive for government to make the process work.

Alongside the new auction, SIT is also said to be going ahead with a spectrum reordering process in the 700MHz band, for 4G LTE.

As we reported in July, there has been no Guatemala 5G spectrum auction. However, leading operators Claro and Tigo recently launched non-standalone 5G services, taking advantage of their spectrum holdings and existing 4G LTE infrastructure. 

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