Brazilian regional operator Algar Telecom has launched a commercial Non Standalone (NSA) 5G service using its newly acquired 2.3GHz spectrum. The launch means that Algar is the first Brazilian player to utilise frequencies secured in the recent multi-band spectrum auction. The 5G network went live on 15 December and covers selected parts of Uberlandia and Uberaba, as well as Franca in Sao Paulo.
TeleGeography notes that Algar acquired regional spectrum in the 2.3GHz, 3.5GHz and 26GHz bands in the country’s 5G spectrum auction. Unlike the 3.5GHz band, the 2.3GHz band does not require cleaning for interference before 5G use. Algar executive Marcio De Jesus commented: ‘The company already had a good part of its infrastructure adequate or easy to adapt to the 5G offer. We made investments in backhaul structures, network core and service platforms.’