Despite all the efforts of the Colombian ICT ministry Mintic to award LTE spectrum in December, the timescale may be ambitious considering the current debate about the participation of Claro, the country’s dominant mobile operator, in the tender. Initially scheduled for September, the spectrum auction was postponed due to concerns that Claro could extend its monopoly to mobile broadband services if it is allowed to participate in the upcoming auction. Claro current accounts for more than 60 per cent of the mobile market and rival operators and senators claim that it should be forbidden from participating in the tender.
Equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent has won a key role in the deployment of a national broadband network for Colombia, which will connect 753 municipalities across the South American country and provide millions of Colombians with TV, video, voice and high-speed data services.
Developing markets operator Millicom International Cellular, said Monday that its Colombian subsidiary had agreed to sell 2,126 cell towers to America Tower for $182m in cash.