Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has revealed that the country’s mobile operators ended 31 December 2021 with a total of 1.210 million 5G subscriptions based on dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology. DSS enables the parallel operation of 4G and 5G services via one frequency band. Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) accounted for the lion’s share of 5G DSS subscriptions at year-end, with 470,909 5G accounts. Claro claimed 455,768 5G subscriptions, with TIM Brasil registering 283,765.
TeleGeography notes that both Algar Telecom and Claro activated new 2.3GHz-based 5G services in December, following the conclusion of Brazil’s multi-band 5G spectrum sale in November 2021. All winning bidders are required to offer 5G services in all state capitals and the Federal District (Distrito Federal) by 31 July 2022.