Chilean-backed operator Entel Peru has launched a fixed-wireless broadband service utilising 5G technology on the 3.5GHz band, TeleSemana writes. The operator, along with its Mexican-owned rival Claro, were granted permission by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) to utilise its existing frequencies in the band to offer a fixed-wireless internet service using 5G New Radio (NR) technology. Entel’s 5G plan provides downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps for PEN150 (USD40.13) per month, plus an up-front fee of PEN1,499 for the modem and installation.
The company claims 5G coverage in the Surquillo district of Lima, but indicates that this is due to the Peruvian watchdog’s regulations regarding coverage reporting, under which cellcos must reach a threshold of 60% coverage in an area before being permitted to claim to cover that location. Consequently, the operator noted that its 5G signal was available in the following areas: Chiclayo, Jose Leonardo Ortiz, La Victoria and Pimentel (Chiclayo province); Trujillo, Huanchaco, Buenos Aires, Huanchaquito Alto and La Esperanza (Trujillo); and Arequipa, Jose Luis Bustamante and Rivero, Yanahuara, Miraflores, Cayma, Mariano Melgar, Paucarpata and La Libertad (Arequipa).