Peruvian sale of AWS-3, 2.3GHz bands to take place in 2Q20

11 Oct 2019

Peru’s Private Investment Promotion Agency (ProInversion) has confirmed that the planned auction of 1750MHz-1780MHz/2150MHz-2180MHz (AWS-3) and 2300MHz-2330MHz spectrum will take place in the second quarter of 2020. The nationwide concessions will be valid for a 20-year period and support the deployment of 4G and 5G technology. The Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) approved the spectrum auction in March this year and the government expects the process to generate around USD291 million in revenues.

TeleGeography notes that the MTC is also considering using the 3.5GHz band for 5G use, having staged a consultation on its plans this summer. That band was utilised to stage the country’s first 5G trial – staged by Entel and Huawei – in March this year, in San Isidro. In May 2019 Claro staged its own 5G trial, also with Huawei, using a temporary allocation of 3.6GHz spectrum; the test yielded download speeds of 3Gbps. Most recently, September 2019 saw Movistar join forces with Ericsson to test 5G technology in Trujillo.