Anatel publishes decree formalising the allocation of 700MHz spectrum for 4G

14 Nov 2013

Brazil’s national telecoms industry regulator Anatel yesterday published a decree in the federal gazette (Diario Oficial da Uniao), to formally confirm its plan to license the use of the 700MHz band for the provision of 4G mobile broadband services in the country. BNAmericas notes that as per the terms of Resolution 625, Anatel intends to allocate 10+10MHz (or a maximum of 20+20MHz, if required) of frequency blocks in the 698MHz to 806MHz range via a competitive tender. The frequency blocks in question are currently assigned for the use by analogue TV channels. Further, the watchdog says it plans to allocate smaller blocks of spectrum, which are being set aside for public security, national defence and infrastructure services. According to the document, Anatel is insistent that all equipment used for the transmission of 4G mobile services in the 700MHz band must be ‘interoperable with existing systems in Brazil and in border areas with neighbouring countries’. The auctioning off of the bands in question will take place sometime in 2014, after the publication of the tender terms. Before that can happen though, a number of issues need to be resolved, such as the conclusion of a review into possible frequency interference – tests for which are currently being conducted by Anatel to assess any issues that might arise between telecoms and broadcasting services in this area. In addition, a plan for the reallocation of broadcasting channels will be necessary when the 700MHz band is freed up.