By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The National Telecommunications Agency Anatel decided this Thursday, 23rd, the allocation and regulation on the use of 2.3 GHz and 3.5GHz bands for the fifth generation mobile internet, 5G.

According to Anatel, the 2.3 GHz band is essential for alignment with world systems like IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications), while the 3.5 GHz band is regarded by many as the gateway to very high-speed networks of fifth generation telecom.

“The approval of these two items is an important step for the bidding process in which we have been working so that national interest is considered”, emphasized Leonardo de Morais, president of Anatel, in a statement.

The next step is to determine a rapporteur for the call for bids to be open for network auction next year. Later, the notice will proceed to public consultation.

According to Anatel, the allocation of frequencies took into consideration blocks, arrangements, geographic distribution, and counterparts to be demanded from future successful bidders, including potential preventive and corrective measures to mitigate any harmful interference among radiocommunication systems.

TIM in Pole position

Telecom Italia’s Brazilian subsidiary TIM has started the first 5G tests in Brazil ahead of the commercial launch of the technology in the country, the forecast for 2021.

The trials on the 3.5 GHz frequency in the southern capital of Florianópolis are being carried out in partnership with Huawei and CERTI foundation, a public research and development organization.

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