Ministry approves Claro, Entel to use 3.5GHz for 5G

3 Mar 2021

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has authorised full-service providers Claro and Entel – including its Americatel division – to use their 3.5GHz spectrum holdings for fixed-wireless internet services using 5G New Radio (NR) technology. The ministry also noted that it has completed the planning stage for a new competition for spectrum in the 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands, and revealed that it will publish the mechanism for the tender and a timeline for the auction later this month.

Commenting on the development, Telecom Minister Eduardo Gonzalez was quoted as saying: ‘It is important to promote the initial deployment of 5G technology, even more so as in the last year internet data traffic grew more than 60% on the fixed network. Users demand more speed at lower prices, and the way to achieve this will be with 5G. This first stage will allow us to test the technology.’ The official went on to add that the accelerated introduction of 5G technology is considered essential to the nation’s economic recovery.

The MTC issued five resolutions amending the relevant elements of the operators’ licences covering the following areas: Ancash, Arequipa, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura, Tacna, Lima and Callao (Entel, Resolution No. 037-2021-MTC / 27.02); Arequipa, Ica, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Lima and Callao (Americatel, Resolution No. 038-2021-MTC / 27.02); Canete province, Lima (Claro, Resolution No. 036-2021-MTC / 27.02); the provinces of Lima, Callao and San Roman (Claro, Resolution No. 034-2021-MTC / 27.02); and 111 provinces in various departments (Claro, Resolution No. 035-2021-MTC / 27.02).