Most LATAM countries have “use or lose it” rules to promote the efficient use of spectrum 16 June 21 Alexandra Contreras Flores

Radio spectrum is a limited natural resource that needs to be managed so that it can be effectively used. Cullen International’s latest research in the Americas shows that in all the surveyed countries telecommunications operators are mandated to use spectrum efficiently.

Brazil, Colombia and Peru published a specific methodology to measure the efficient use of spectrum. In Brazil and Colombia, spectrum use efficiency is calculated based on technical coverage factors. The Peruvian regulator considers multiple factors: evolution in the use of public telecommunications services; the infrastructure capacity deployed; and the level of use of the spectrum assigned.

The United States set general incentives to promote spectrum efficient use but has not specified a specific measurement methodology. A popular tool for governments in the region to promote the efficient use of spectrum is the “use it or lose it” rule included in several spectrum licences in the region, such as in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay. This rule is intended to prevent spectrum hoarding and any misuse of valuable spectrum.

Cullen International’s new Americas Spectrum benchmark shows:

  • whether operators are obliged to use spectrum assigned;
  • the sanctioning regime in case of inefficient use;
  • if there are any legal/regulatory exceptions; and
  • whether regulators measure the efficient use of spectrum on a regular basis, including the methodology and criteria used.

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