Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has collected 89.9mn reais (US$22.4mn) for C-type lots of spectrum left over in the 2.5GHz, 1.9GHz and 1.8GHz bands.

The regulator sold 1,711 lots of spectrum in the southern region of the country, 1,633 in the northeast, 1,579 lots in the southeast, 300 in the center-west and 256 in the north.

The more than 5,000 lots of spectrum were acquired by 324 companies, with each company acquiring an average of 17 lots and investing 277,500 reais.

Telefónica’s Vivo and Nextel Brasil acquired the juiciest lots, paying 185mn and 455mn reais respectively.

The announcement follows the sale of A and B lots of spectrum last week, also mainly to Telefónica Vivo and Nextel Brasil.

The thousands of leftover blocks in the three bands were mostly municipal blocks for the expansion of mobile telephony, broadband and radio taxi coverage.

Following the auctions, 52.1% of all Brazilian municipalities will have more than one fixed broadband operator.