Wednesday, 13th June 2012 by Joe Rowley

Anatel closed its first ever auction of broadcast licences for fourth generation (4G) broadband in Brazil yesterday, in what is being described as the “most complex radio frequency bid” ever hosted by the telecoms regulator.

Raising a total of 2.56 billion reais (US$1.24 billion) from Brazil
s four biggest carriers, the auction allocated licences to provide wireless broadband coverage ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Brazilian telecoms company VIVO and Mexico’s Claro, with Italy’s TIM and Brazil’s Oi winning the right to offer the service at 10 MHz speeds nationwide. TV Filme, which is part of Sky Group, and Swiss telecoms company Sunrise each won the right to supply 10 MHz of 4G broadband in a handful of Brazilian cities, with Oi also successfully bidding for the envelope to supply 10 MHz broadband in various cities.

VIVO turned to Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Pereira Neto | Macedo Advogados for the bid. Claro is understood to have turned to Azevedo Sette Advogados, with Sunrise drawing upon telecoms boutique A&R Consultoria em Telecomunicações for the auction, although this could not confirmed before publication.

(Latin Lawyer 13.06.2012)

(Notícia na Íntegra)