Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica, CADE) has approved without restriction an industrial network exploitation contract (contrato de exploracao industrial de rede, EIR) between Winity Telecom and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) for the use of the 700MHz band in 1,120 municipalities. The decision was made public on Tuesday 9 May. Publishing its decision, CADE stated that the tie-up ‘allows the expansion of coverage in areas with low density and less economic interest.’

TeleGeography notes that Winity Telecom, a holding company backed by alternative asset management firm Patria Investimentos, hopes to secure a RAN sharing agreement with Vivo to support its independent 700MHz rollout, while Vivo expects to gain access to 2×5MHz of Winity’s 2×10MHz spectrum holdings in the aforementioned locations. Previously, Winity successfully bid on a national 2×10MHz 700MHz licence in Brazil’s November 2021 5G spectrum auction, paying BRL1.428 billion (USD276.8 million) – the highest bid for a single spectrum lot in the auction. The newcomer plans to build 5,000 cell towers by 2029 and establish itself as Brazil’s first wholesale operator.

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