Minister warns cellcos not to use the term ‘4.5G’

25 Feb 2016

Chile’s undersecretary of telecommunications, Pedro Huichalaf, has announced that operators will not be permitted to use the term ‘4.5G’ to describe the evolutions of LTE technology currently being rolled out, describing the early use of the term as ‘an excess of commercial enthusiasm.’ The Diario Financiero quotes the official as saying that ‘4.5G is not a technology that will be available in the country, at least at this time.’ Mr Huichalaf went on to say that using the term would violate the rights of users. The comments follow announcements from Entel and Movistar regarding their upcoming introduction of carrier aggregation (CA) technology, combining frequencies in the 700MHz and 2600MHz bands.