Six bidders for Colombian 4G licences

Six parties have registered their interest in buying 4G spectrum in Colombia, as announced by the minister for information technology and communications, Diego Molano.

The six bidders will be: Avantel; America Movil subsidiary Claro; Telefonica-controlled operator Colombia Telecomunicaciones; DirectTV; and two consortia – one led by Mexican TV company Azteca, and one consisting of operators Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) and Tigo (controlled by Millicom).

Auctions are expected to raise at least $250 million for the Colombian government. The process could result in a new operator entering the market; currently five hold licences (Avantel, Claro, Colombia Telecomunicaciones, Tigo and UNE).

The winning bidders will not only be expected to pay for the licences – they must also provide 500,000 tablets for educational use, as well as providing the country’s army with 4G services.

A shortlist will be announced on June 26th once the bids have been assessed.

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