Radio Spectrum in Latin America, Far From Ideally AllocatedEscrito por Redacción TNI el 19/04/2016 a las 21:11:04
None of the Latin American countries have reached 50% of the 1300 MHz suggested by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for 2015 in its ITU-R M.2078 report. This report establishes the spectrum allocation requirements for IMT-2000 and IMT-Advanced technologies, commonly referred to as 3G and 4G, to work efficiently. These requirements are reflected in 5G Americas’ recently published white paper “Analysis of ITU Spectrum Recommendations in the Latin American Region”
According to the white paper, only four countries in the region have allocated over 30% of the ITU’s suggestion for 2015: Argentina (31%), Brazil (41.7%), Chile (35.8%) and Nicaragua (32.3%), with all four having allocated the 700 MHz band. Furthermore, three markets stand below the 20% spectrum target suggested: El Salvador (16%), Guatemala (16.2%) and Panama (16.9%). These countries are yet to announce a date for their next spectrum licensing process. The remaining Latin American countries lie below the 30% compliance level but over 20%.
The ITU is not alone in having identified the need for more spectrum allocations. Among others, a 2007 study conducted by the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance establishes that the net spectrum requirements would range from 500 MHz to 1 GHz by 2020, depending on the world region. In addition, the 2010 National Broadband Plan developed by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requested that 500 MHz of spectrum be allocated by 2020.
Listed significant conclusions from the white paper:
“Latin American regulators must continue to be diligent in understanding the importance for their citizens of making more spectrum available in the market with the purpose of promoting economic growth and global connectivity in their countries. Fortunately, some governments are already stepping up their efforts in this connection for they have realized that spectrum is a key ingredient to societies’ development and progress, in much the same ways as water, sewage and roads were in the past,” concluded Otero.
For more information, you may download 5G Americas’ white paper “Analysis of ITU Spectrum Recommendations in the Latin American Region” here.