Brazil’s MCTIC establishes 5G auction guidelines

6 Feb 2020

The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia, Inovacoes e Comunicacoes, MCTIC) has published a set of guidelines for the country’s imminent 5G spectrum auction in the Federal Official Gazette (Diario Oficial da Uniao). The auction – which will be staged by the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) – will include spectrum in the 700MHz, 2300MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands.

The MCTIC’s guidelines include:

· Mandated 4G access in all rural towns with a population greater than 600

· Coverage of all federal highways with mobile broadband

· The deployment of fibre-optic transport networks in all municipalities not yet served

· Encouragement to share active and passive infrastructure, including towers, ducts and conduits

· The establishment of ‘activation deadlines’ to ensure the prompt rollout of services, with a provision for unused spectrum to pass to third parties if the conditions are not met.

In addition, the document defines criteria for the protection of users who currently receive free satellite TV signals in the C band, which is adjacent to the 3.5GHz band. Winning bidders of the 3.5GHz band must meet any costs associated with eliminating interference.