Anatel announces regional providers in 5G auction with Claro, TIM and Vivo – Telecommunications – Tecnoblog

O 5G auction it should take place on November 4, 2021, but the rites for the event have already begun: Anatel announced this Wednesday (27) the companies that submitted proposals for the bidding process. In addition to the traditional Claro, TIM and Vivo, regional providers they also want to buy radio frequency licenses to operate with the fifth generation.

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It is not yet known which frequencies each operator intends to buy, but it is safe to say that the greatest interest is in 3.5 GHz, the main band for providing services with 5G. Anatel will also bid on the 700 MHz auction leftovers and 2.3 GHz and 26 GHz (mmWave) blocks.

Each frequency is linked to appointments. In the 3.5 GHz band, for example, buyers of national lots will have to pay for cleaning the spectrum used by open TV via satellite, with the Federal Government’s private network and with the Norte Conectado program.

Claro, TIM and Vivo guarantee participation in the 5G auction

As expected, Claro, TIM and Vivo made their proposals official and will participate in the fifth generation auction. The three operators have been waiting for the tender for a long time and have already anticipated the use of 5G DSS, which uses shared spectrum with old technologies.

Regional operators in the 5G auction

In addition to the large operators, other telecoms confirmed their participation in the auction. Are they:

  • Algar Telecom
  • Brasil Digital Telecommunications Ltda
  • Brisanet Serviços de Telecomunicações SA
  • Cloud2U Indústria e Comércio de Equipamentos Eletrônicos Ltda
  • 5G South Consortium
  • Fly Link Ltda.
  • Highline (through NK108 Empreendimentos e Participações)
  • 5G Brazil Initiative (through Mega Net Internet Provider and Comercio de Informática Ltda.)
  • Surf Telecom (through Neko Serviços de Comunicações e Publicidade e Educação Ltda)
  • Sercomtel
  • VDF Information Technology Ltd
  • Winit II Telecom Ltda.

Algar and Sercomtel already operate in the cell phone segment in their regional offices, so there was not much surprise about the participation of these telephony companies.

The participation of Highline is noteworthy, which maintains plans to create a neutral network with 5G and sell infrastructure wholesale to small providers. However, it will have competition in this business model with Winit II Telecom, maintained by the Pátria Fund (which was formerly the controller of Highline, see this).

Altogether, there are fifteen operators that are interested in auctioning frequencies. It is worth highlighting the presence of two consortia of small internet providers, which joined together to buy spectrum.

Surf Telecom also wants to buy licenses: the operator maintains virtual operators and already has frequencies in some regions of São Paulo. Finally, Brisanet also entered the dispute and may create relevant competition in 5G, as the company has a high share of the fiber optic broadband market in the Northeast region.

Hi is out of the 5G auction

Oi’s absence was not guaranteed, but it was expected. In December 2020, the operator sold its mobile telephony arm to competitors Claro, TIM and Vivo, and is awaiting approval of the deal by the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (Cade) and Anatel.

Oi could very well participate in the auction, even outside the mobile phone market. Anatel will bid for the 26 GHz frequency (mmWave), which can be used to provide fixed broadband using Multimedia Communication Service (SCM) licenses.

The operator has even shown interest in acquiring the 26 GHz frequency, as a way to expand the transport network (backhaul) or offer residential broadband in the FWA model (wireless fixed access), as a way of accelerating the expansion of Oi Fibra.

The absence from the auction does not mean, however, that Oi will never use 5G. The operator may launch its service based on the networks of other telecoms, such as a virtual operator. It is also possible that it provides the service through a neutral network such as Highline or Winit II.

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