Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC) has revealed that a total of nine companies expressed an interest in securing 5G spectrum licences ahead of its 29 December 2022 deadline.

The list includes established mobile players such as Comunicacion Celular (Claro), Colombia Movil (Tigo), Colombia Telecomunicaciones (Movistar), Empresa De Telecomuncaciones De Bogota (ETB), Partners Telecom Colombia (WOM), alongside unknown quantities such as Colombia WB Hots, Global Play, EGC Colombia and OSC Top Solutions Group.

The government is poised to distribute spectrum in the 700MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands, although not all of the would-be applicants are interested in bidding on all bands.

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