Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel says that there has been no interest from potential bidders for its 45 degrees West orbital satellite Ka-band slot. Brazil will likely lose priority to occupy the position in the Ka band (downlink 17.7 to 20.2 GHz and uplink 27 to 30 GHz).
Anatel had placed an initial fee of Brazilian Rials 3.8 million (€9.5m), but local reports say that interest was weak because the successful bidder would have had to place a temporary satellite into the position in order to secure the orbital rights, which expire next year.
The tender was opened on January 15th this year. However, the regulator had in October last year declined to accept an extension request from Echostar for the position’s S-band and Ka-band frequencies.