Anatel approves two-month extension to 3.5GHz 5G launch schedule

6 Jun 2022

Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved a 60-day extension to the deadline for launching 5G services in the 3300MHz-3700MHz band for winners of frequency auctions in all state capitals and the Federal District. The deadline for releasing the commercial 5G frequencies has now been moved from 30 June to 29 August 2022, while the deadline for activating 5G services with at least one base station per 100,000 inhabitants of each capital has been moved from 31 July to 29 September 2022.

Anatel disclosed that delays in equipment supply had led to the extension, in particular equipment used to mitigate interference in satellite stations from usage of the 3300MHz-3700MHz band, due to factors including shortages of semiconductors, lockdowns in China, limitations of air transport and delayed customs clearance.