MTC sets spectrum holding caps

19 Feb 2019

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has established new limits on spectrum holdings in order to safeguard competition and prevent hoarding of frequencies. Through resolution No. 085-2019 MTC/01.03, the ministry established an upper limit of 60MHz of spectrum in ‘Low Bands,’ specifically the sub-1GHz bands: 450MHz, 700MHz, 800MHz, 850MHz and 900MHz. Across the ‘Medium Bands’ between 1GHz and 6GHz, meanwhile – the 1700MHz, 1900MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz, 3500MHz and 3700MHz ranges – operators could hold a combined total of up to 250MHz. The MTC’s order added that it would prepare proposals for the allocation of the frequencies in the 3400MHz-3800MHz range within the next six months. Separately, the MTC also said it would look to make additional spectrum in the 2300MHz band available, with plans to release 30MHz covering the Lima and Callao region and a further 30MHz covering the rest of the country.