Brazilian govt authorises 5G spectrum usage

8 Dec 2021

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has announced that authorisation contracts for the use of radio frequencies in the 700MHz, 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands were signed on Tuesday 7 December, at a ceremony at Planalto Palace. Speaking at the event, President Jair Bolsonaro stated: ‘By the middle of next year, all capitals will have 5G. It is a leap for communications in Brazil and in IoT. For commerce, this is priceless.’ He added that all paved federal highways will also receive 5G coverage; this will include 2,349 separate stretches of highway for a total of 35,784km.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the multi-band frequency sale drew to a close on Friday 5 November, generating total bids of BRL47.2 billion (USD8.5 billion), although around BRL7.44 billion of the total commitments will be converted into ‘goodwill’ bonds, which will see the winning bidders extend coverage to predetermined underserved areas. 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.

The winning bidders include mobile giants Claro Brasil, Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) and TIM Brasil, alongside regional telcos such as Brisanet, Sercomtel and Algar Telecom. Private equity-backed Winity Telecom was a notable bidder for 700MHz frequencies, while Consorcio 5G Sul (Copel Telecom and Unifique), Cloud2u and Neko Servicos also acquired selected spectrum blocks around the country.