Subtel launches a new 5G consultation

11 Oct 2019

Chile’s Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) has unveiled a new 5G consultation, as it seeks to gauge interest in the potential distribution of ‘Limited Telecommunications Services’ concessions for businesses. The consultation is targeting the mining, port, agricultural, industrial and transport sectors, and seeks feedback regarding the technical, legal, administrative and economic elements of a potential tender. Also under discussion are potential 5G bands, with 1700MHz/2100MHz, 3.5GHz and 28GHz bands all under consideration by the regulator. The consultation opened on 9 October and will run until 23 October.

TeleGeography notes that the Chilean watchdog previously staged a 5G consultation in May this year, earmarking the following spectrum for auction: 20MHz in the 700MHz range; 30MHz in the 1700MHz (AWS) band; 50MHz in the 3.5GHz range; and 850MHz in the 28GHz range.

To date, Chilean 5G testing has focused on the use of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, with Claro and Entel both staging trials in recent years. Entel’s most recent 5G trial took place in June this year, using a six-month trial licence (issued in February 2019) incorporating the 28GHz band. The test was carried out in conjunction with Ericsson and Qualcomm and saw the telco assist with the performance of a remote ultrasound scan.