Uruguay’s Regulatory Unit of Communications Services (Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones, URSEC) has invited interested parties to register their interest in participating in the 5G auction scheduled to be held on 28 April. Interested parties are required to pay USD3,600 for the bidding terms and conditions, available until 13 April, while the deadline for the deposit has been set as 21 April. In total, three 1×100MHz lots of spectrum will be allocated: 3300MHz-3400MHz; 3600MHz-3700MHz (reserved for state-owned incumbent Antel); and 3700MHz-3800MHz. Each 100MHz spectrum package has a minimum initial price of USD28 million and will be valid for 25 years. Rollout obligations include a requirement to deploy 70 base stations within one year, with at least two base stations in a minimum of ten or more departments (excluding Montevideo) required within two years, and at least two base stations in each of the country’s 19 departments by the end of the third year.
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