Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has begun the process of reorganising the 800MHz band, to optimise the use of the frequencies for 4G services. The MTC notes that the current assignment of the spectrum in question – 806MHz-821MHz/851MHz-866MHz and 821MHz-824MHz/866MHz-869MHz – is non-contiguous and not uniform at the regional or national level, making it difficult for operators to use the spectrum for more advanced services that require wider frequency channels. The lion’s share of the airwaves are currently held by Entel Peru, its predecessor Nextel del Peru having utilised the spectrum to provide obsolete iDEN-based trunked radio services. The timeline for the process, as set out by Directorial Resolution No. 0424-2022-MTC/27, will see the publication of a proposal for the reordering of spectrum in the 806MHz-824MHz/869MHz-894MHz range in January 2023 followed by around six months of consultation and evaluation. A final decision is due to be issued in June 2023.
Commenting on the plan, MTC Director General of Policies and Regulation in Communications Rolando Capucho Cardenas was quoted as saying: ‘We are committed to closing the digital divide [and] the rearrangement of the 800MHz band will allow the deployment of 4G services. It is expected that this process will allow users to have higher connectivity and navigation speeds, as a result of a better use of the spectrum.’