Argentina: spectrum roadmap and 5G deployment
Argentina is consulting on spectrum allocation, measures to promote infrastructure deployment, spectrum secondary market and 2G switch-off and decided to suspend new assignments in pioneer 5G bands.
Brazilian Congress passes reform of telecoms authorisation regime
On 11 September 2019, the Brazilian Congress passed the reform of the telecoms authorisation regime. The regulator Anatel is expected to implement these changes within 18 months once President Bolsonaro signs the bill into law.
MinTIC consults on draft rules to auction 700, 1900 and 2500 MHz
The Colombian Ministry of ICT, MinTIC, published the draft rules to auction up to 2x45 MHz in the 700 MHz band, 2x2.5 MHz in the 1900 MHz band and 2x40 MHz n the 2500 MHz band, after a public consultation will be closed on 3 September 2019. The publication of definitive award rules is proposed for 1 October 2019.
Ecuador announces 3.5 GHz band for 5G tender in 2020
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) announces that the 3.5 GHz band will be placed to tender in 2020. Likewise, the authority says that in November 2019 the rules for the award of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz bands will be presented.
More flexible use of the 2.5 GHz band in the US
On 10 July 2019, the US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved changes to the rules governing the 2496-2690 MHz (2.5 GHz) spectrum band, until today used to provide educational broadband services.
Colombia consults on 5G plan
The proposed 5G action plan sets a specific schedule for the spectrum agency, the ministry and the regulator, including 5G trials.