MTC greenlights spectrum reshuffle

7 Nov 2018

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has approved a decree to re-order spectrum allocations. The reshuffle looks to more efficiently order the spectrum bands used by telcos with the intention of improving service quality for end-users and paving the way for future 5G frequency assignments. The first set of spectrum re-allocations is due to take place in the first half of 2019, with the MTC claiming that customers should be able to see ‘concrete’ results by the end of the year. Specific details regarding this first tranche of spectrum to be re-organised were not published, however. Included in the new regulations are mechanisms that will add rollout obligations to existing licence holders as a means to compensate the state for the increased value of their spectrum holdings, the Ministry explained in its press release.

The MTC went on to say: ‘As a result of the rearrangement of the frequency bands, it is expected that telecommunications services for citizens will improve, that competition in the sector will be promoted and that the Peruvian market will be more attractive [to investors]. In this way, greater deployment of infrastructure will be generated, [along with] better coverage of mobile services, the progressive implementation of new technologies (for example, 5G) and will lead to the narrowing of the digital divide in areas lacking telecommunications services.’