Argentina’s National Communications Agency (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones, ENACOM) has confirmed that it will stage a week-long 5G trial at its headquarters in Buenos Aires this month. The tests will run from 15 March to 19 March and explore how fifth-generation technology will benefit the country’s industrial, educational and entertainment sectors. While the spectrum intended for use has not been divulged, TeleGeography notes that the watchdog has previously sanctioned both Movistar and Personal to utilise 28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies for 5G trials.
While neighbouring Chile became the first Latin American nation to successfully auction 5G-suitable frequencies – staging a multi-band spectrum sale last month – Argentina has yet to confirm which bands it intends to auction for 5G. Brazil, meanwhile, intends to run its own 5G auction before the end of June this year. As in Chile, Brazil will distribute spectrum in the 700MHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands for 5G use.