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Brazil Considers Auction of More Airwaves for 4G Mobile Services

Brazil’s government is considering an auction by December 2013 of airwaves that are held today by television broadcasters and would be converted for use with 4G wireless services.

The airwaves in the 700-megahertz spectrum band would be freed up by June 2016 after TV networks such as Globo Comunicacao e Participacoes SA and Grupo Record complete their switch to digital broadcasts, said Joao Rezende, president of Brazil’s phone regulatory agency, known as Anatel. Broadcasters must make the transition under a June 2006 presidential decree.

Anatel plans to conclude studies defining the use of the airwaves by the end of this year, Rezende said yesterday in a phone interview from Curitiba, Brazil. Once that process is complete, the agency and the Communications Ministry will put together an auction plan.

“It’s possible that we’ll create a space for fourth-generation mobile services,” Rezende said. With 4G networks, wireless carriers can offer high-definition video and faster Internet speeds.

Brazil raised $1.4 billion in a June auction as its largest carriers acquired wireless airwaves for 4G services in the 2.5-gigahertz band. Telefonica Brasil SA is the nation’s biggest mobile-phone company by subscribers, following by Tim Participacoes SA, America Movil SAB and Oi SA.

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