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Brazil's telecommunications agency postpones the final decision on 5G spectrum

The extraordinary meeting on Monday ended with three votes in favor of the report by Anatel's director Carlos Baigorri

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  • Baigorri included points in the ordinance with guidelines set by the government for the auction and which will have to be met by operators;
  • The 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band, the most coveted by operators to launch the 5G technology in the country, will feature 400 megahertz (MHz).

A request for a view from the President of the Brazilian Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Leonardo Euler de Morais, led to the postponement of the approval of the public notice for the auction of 5G technology bands, which should only be resumed on February 24.

But the extraordinary meeting on Monday ended with three votes in favor of the report by director Carlos Baigorri – in addition to the rapporteur, directors Vicente Aquino and Moisés Moreira anticipated their votes for the full approval of the report, but they can still change until the final session.

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Baigorri, who had delivered Thursday’s initial document, made modifications over the weekend to include points in the ordinance with guidelines set by the government for the auction and which will have to be met by operators.

The 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band, the most coveted by operators to launch the 5G technology in the country, will feature 400 megahertz (MHz). In his report, Baigorri indicated the sale of four national and eight regional licenses – all lots with an 80 MHz band.

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He also proposed the creation of a private fixed network of the federal government, in addition to the expansion of fiber optic networks throughout the North region (including the Amazon’s rainforest) and other network expansion projects.

According to Anatel, this auction will be the largest in its history.

(Co-written and translated by LABS)

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