Brazil’s planned multi-band 5G spectrum auction will now be staged in August this year – not in July, as previously indicated. Minister of Communications Fabio Faria gave the update at Mobile World Congress 2021 in Barcelona this week, as part of a ministerial panel. The delay comes after the official entered into dialogue with the Federal Court of Accounts (Tribunal de Contas da Uniao, TCU) earlier this month.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 25 February this year the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) approved certain 5G-related rules – a full year after the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (Ministerio da Ciencia, Tecnologia, Inovacoes e Comunicacoes, MCTIC) provided its own approval of the 5G auction process. The delayed spectrum sale will include frequencies in the 700MHz, 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands, as well 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum.