5G auction should delay for second half of 2020, says Ministry | Telecommunications

The frequency auction for the 5G it was scheduled for March 2020, but the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) expects that the bidding will only take place in the second half of the year.


The reason is already known: 5G on the 3.5 GHz frequency can cause interference in satellite TV, common in rural areas where the terrestrial signal does not reach. In addition, some operators are not in a hurry for the bidding process due to financial and strategic conditions, although they expect the auction to take place in 2020.

During the 9th Internet Forum in Brazil, the director of the MCTIC broadband department, Artur Coimbra, stated that interference with satellite TV is a real issue, so that Anatel would be very committed to postpone the auction to the second half.

A Ericsson study says that if the bidding is delayed by 2021, the government will stop collecting R $ 25 billion in taxes. In addition, an executive from the supplier states that the argument of non-coexistence between 5G and satellite dishes is a “fallacy”, and that it would be “irresponsible” to migrate the satellite dishes to the Ku band.

Although there may be interference, 5G should start in large urban centers, which depend less on satellite dishes due to the existence of the digital terrestrial signal and the wide adhesion to pay TV services. Operators would be willing to spend less on frequencies if they have a lot of work to mitigate interference.

In addition to 3.5 GHz, Anatel will auction capacity at 2.3 GHz and 26 GHz (mmWave), in addition to 10 MHz capacity at the 700 MHz frequency that remained from the last auction.

With information:Mobile Time

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