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Chile's antitrust regulator rejects Movistar's request to suspend 5G auction

Movistar still has options to put its views back into the discussion in the next allegations set for March 24

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  • On Friday, the antitrust body responded to the operator that “the new arguments put forward by Movistar are not enough to decree the suspension of the auction.”;
  • According to the Spanish firm Movistar, the bases of both ordinances would have had a wrong way of applying spectrum limits.

For the fourth time in a row, Chilean antitrust regulator rejected telecom carrier Movistar‘s request to suspend the 5G auction, to be held next week in Chile. According to La República, on Friday, the antitrust body responded to the operator that “the new arguments put forward by Movistar are not enough to decree the suspension of the auction.”

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According to the Spanish firm Movistar, the bases of both ordinances would have had a wrong way of applying spectrum limits, because they would allow operators to exceed them and then readjust their spectrum within six months, what would benefit their rivals Entel and Claro, who bid in the race, said La República.

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According to the regulator, the operator did not have a “serious background” that shows that the requested suspension measure is necessary to prevent the possible negative effects that the bidding conditions of the tenders could generate for free competition.

Even so, Movistar still has options to put its views back into the discussion in the next allegations set for March 24, where it will be able to face the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, which it accuses of wrongly preparing the contest for the 5G.

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