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Chile government to offer LTE licenses

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Chile to hold LTE auction in March 2011.
Chile's government expects to hold an auction for 4G broadband internet services in March 2011, according to BNamericas. Chile’s telecoms regulator Subtel had been expected to hold an LTE/4G auction in 2010. Chilean operators hope to launch commercial LTE services in Chile by 2012. Former Subtel head Pablo Bello has previously said that the regulator is completing the cleanup of the 2.6GHz band to make it available for 4G services.

Earlier this year Chilean mobile operator Entel PCS performed LTE tests at Universidad de Chile. During the test, performed over a real LTE network configuration, attendees had the chance to witness maximum download speeds of 50Mbps; the demo used Ericsson kit.

Based on figures from the Mobile World analysts, the market shares of the three main operators at the end of last year were: Movistar (43.7%), Entel (36.6%) and Claro (19.6%). There are now 16.6 million registered phone accounts in the country.

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