Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that another 15 municipalities have received approval to use the 3.5 GHz band for 5G services. Of those locations, six have populations greater than 500,000 and can expect to receive 5G access from January 1, 2023. These cities are: Ananindeua (PA); Aparecida de Goiania (GO); Caxias do Sul (RS); Jaboatao dos Guararapes (PE); Joinville (SC); and Londrina (PR).
The remaining nine are smaller communities that are part of capital city metropolitan areas or are close to larger communities. However, supply obligations for these locations will not come into effect until 2025. These are: Diadem (SP); Mosque (RJ); Nilopolis (RJ); Olinda (PE); Paulista (PE); Sao Caetano do Sul (SP); San Francisco do Sul (SC); Sao Joao de Meriti (RJ); and Sao Jose (SC).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, as of Oct. 6, all 26 state capitals — and the federal capital Brasilia — have been approved for standalone (SA) 5G connectivity, with cities receiving continuous green lights. Claro, Vivo and Tim currently operate 5G services at all locations and thus fulfill their license obligations.