Mexican-owned full-service provider Claro Peru has launched commercial fixed-wireless broadband services via 5G technology, having received authorisation from the telecom ministry to use its existing 3.5GHz spectrum for the service earlier this month. Claro Sales and Distribution Director Hugo Gonzalez explained the operator’s rapid launch, saying: ‘We have been working with these tests since 2019 and preparing our network, which is now ready to immediately launch our 5G commercially.’ Claro’s 5G coverage is currently limited to areas of eight districts in Lima – Asia, Mala, Santa Maria del Mar, Lurin, Chaclacayo, Cieneguilla, Santa Eulalia and Ancon – although the company is planning to gradually expand to other areas of Lima, as well as other provinces. In terms of tariffs, one plan is available, offering download speeds of up to 50Mbps for PEN109 (USD29.2) per month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) granted Claro and Entel permission to use their 3.5GHz spectrum for fixed-wireless broadband services using 5G New Radio (NR) technology, as part of efforts to address booming demand for internet access. The MTC also hoped that the move would help drive down prices, and promote adoption of 5G technology.