New benchmark on 5G initiatives and pioneer bands in the Americas 18 July 19

As part of our soon to be launched Americas Spectrum service, we just published a new benchmark showing, for 11 countries in the Americas, whether there is any regulation, policy proposal or target for 5G services. The benchmark also shows pioneer spectrum bands for 5G services and relevant examples of trials.

From the researched countries in the Americas, only the United States has adopted a comprehensive 5G strategy. Brazil, Chile and Colombia are consulting on their 5G strategies for possible future adoption. Canada, Mexico, and Peru studied and consulted on 5G pioneer bands but have not yet adopted a comprehensive strategy.

(A comprehensive 5G strategy covers spectrum requirements and availabilities, policies facilitating infrastructure deployments, and other regulatory issues linked to 5G technology, such as consumer protection, quality of service and EMF). 

Most of the studied countries are assigning or making spectrum available in the low, mid and high bands:

  • Most countries are using or planning to use the 700 MHz band. Only Canada and the US have assigned the 600 MHz band for mobile services.
  • Seven of the 11 countries are using, or planning to use the 3.3–3.7 GHz band for IMT/5G.
  • Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia and Mexico are proposing to use high bands above 24 GHz for 5G. Only the USA has actually licensed the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands, with awards planned in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands.

If you are interested in accessing the full 5G Americas benchmark, please click on “Request Access”.

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