Anatel to launch public consultation on additional mobile spectrum

3 Aug 2009

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel plans to launch a public consultation to discuss a proposal to award additional spectrum for mobile operators in the 2.5GHz spectrum band, BNamericas cites local press as saying. The 2.5GHz band is currently used by regional multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS) operators, but cellcos are also interested in the spectrum to increase their service offerings – particularly in the 3G segment. Although MMDS operators currently use around 190MHz of the 2.5GHz band, Anatel intends to award mobile operators around 120MHz of the total 190MHz spectrum available. The watchdog could look to implement a phased redistribution of the spectrum by 2012, at which date local mobile operators will have 120MHz of spectrum divided into two blocks of 60MHz, with a total 140MHz of spectrum available by 2015. The remaining spectrum will be exclusively used by MMDS operators, which will be allowed to offer fixed telephony and broadband services.