Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC) has published a second draft of the terms and conditions for its planned multi-band spectrum auction. The new version of the draft incorporates a number of changes derived from the public consultation process and includes modified coverage obligations and the option to pay for licences with infrastructure investments. In addition, greater definition has been provided regarding the potential participation of joint ventures, after Tigo and Movistar expressed an interest in submitting a joint bid for 5G spectrum. The second draft is open for public consultation until 15 September.

As per a previously announced timetable, the multi-band spectrum auction is earmarked to commence on 20 December 2023. MinTIC will distribute spectrum in the following bands: 700MHz (10MHz block), 1900MHz (10MHz), Extended AWS (30MHz), 2500MHz (30MHz) and 3500MHz (320MHz). In addition, the watchdog will also carry out ‘an objective selection process’ to regionally assign an additional 80MHz in the 3500MHz band at a local level from 2024, while the 26GHz band will also see similar assignments.

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