Paraguayan General Telecommunications Law, N° 642/1995 has, as an essential prerequisite for the provision of broadcasting services, the approval of CONATEL and tp obtain a license. This procedure can not be altered; what will change simply wil be the way to access to licenses: instead of being requested by the applicant, the Authority will launch a public auction where the best provider, technically and commercially, will be benefited.
In October 2014, the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL, in Spanish) will change its traditional way of acting, calling a public auction to the electromagnetic spectrum; in this way, it will grant licenses for the provision of Internet broadband.
General Telecommunications Law N° 642/1995 has as essential prerequisite for the provision of broadcasting services, the approval of CONATEL and a license. This procedure can not be altered; what will change simply will be the way to access to licenses: instead of being requested by the applicant, CONATEL will launch a public auction where the best provider, technically and commercially, will be benefited.
What this auction is intended to do is to expedite license granting, keeping Law N° 642/1995 as a base.
CONATEL said that international operators, still not operating in the country, are interested in investing and await the spectrum´s auction for the expansion of Internet services.
The frequencies to be auctioned will be those of 1700-1900 MHz and 2600 MHz, in order to meet growing data consumer demand in Gran Asunción, densely saturated.
The Regulation Authority is conducting studies to determine which of the two frequencies will be enter the auction first, and the participation of mobile phone companies, both local and international, is expected, while the procedure is seeking greater transparency and benefits to the country and investors.
The Government ordered to auction the entire electromagnetic spectrum, because it plans to expand Internet services to the entire territory of the country and improve the quality of Internet 4G service.
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The term 4G, widely used, is, rather a term created for marketing purposes.
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