To expand the mobile Internet service, more spectrum is needed. Mobile operators require spectrum for the three frequency bands to guarantee good qualitiy of LTE service and wide coverage.

The biggest goal Paraguay has to achieve in telecommunications, is the massification of Internet all over the country.

How is this accomplished? The Regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL, in Spanish), believes this can be achieved by auctioning the spectrum as soon as possible without discrimination of any operator and promoting investments in LTE in Paraguay.

As October approaches, the dispute between the telephone companies by the electromagnetic spectrum that will be auctioned by CONATEL, is growing every day.

Spectra to be auctioned are 1700, 2600 and 700 MHz. 700 MHz spectrum would cover suburban and rural areas, while the 1700 MHz one, urban and suburban areas. They are complementary, especially considering that 40% of Paraguay’s population lives in rural areas.

It is an opionion shared by different sectors of telecommunications, to address national shortages in the field, the two largest companies in the country should have 23% of the entire spectrum and the rest should be divided equally among the others.

In Paraguay, 30% of the population uses the Internet; because of this, the 1700 MHz spectrum will help increase this figure in a country where there are other problems such as: low speed, obsolete technology and high prices.

However, the prevailing trend in the region is to assign the spectrum to different operators or by blocks, i.e. it is not given to only one company. The spectrum CONATEL has, is sufficient for all companies in the industry and even more.

In Paraguay, 30% of the population uses the Internet; Because of this, the 1700 MHz spectrum will help increase this figure in a country where there are other problems such as: low speed, obsolete technology and high prices.

However, the prevailing trend in the region is to assign the spectrum to different operators or by blocks, i.e. it is not given to only one company. The spectrum CONATEL has, is sufficient for all companies in the industry and even more.

The landlocked factor, plays a major role in the price of broadband in Paraguay, as the country is dependent on Brazil and Argentina.

The only way out that Paraguay has today is through undersea cables across the Atlantic Ocean. In Argentina, the crosses are given in Clorinda and Posadas and in Brazil, through the Amistad Bridge.

To expand the mobile Internet service, more spectrum is needed. Mobile operators require spectrum for the three frequency bands to guarantee good qualitiy of LTE service and wide coverage.

In 2011, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) declared Internet access a highly protected human right, requiring member countries to provide an accessible and affordable access for all and estimating service as a priority to ensure population access to the Internet.