Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that it approved the notice for the country’s long-delayed 5G auction on Friday 24 September, paving the way for the spectrum sale to commence later this year. Would-be bidders must submit their applications by 27 October and ‘price proposals’ will be analysed on 4 November.
The 5G auction will include frequencies in the 700MHz, 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands, as well as 26GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. All spectrum bands will be divided into national and regional blocks – apart from the 2.3GHz band, which will be solely available on a regional basis.
As per the terms of the auction, winning bidders must offer 5G services in all state capitals and the Federal District (Distrito Federal) by 31 July 2022.