Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has published new regulations designed to extend the provision of fixed and mobile services nationwide by using the 450MHz-470MHz band. The Brazilian government hopes the initiative will help it to bridge the so-called ‘digital divide’ by clearing and reallocating spectrum bandwidth. The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has given its open backing to the new regulations under which the 450MHz-470MHz band will be reallocated to deliver fixed and mobile services, including the full range of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) services nationwide across the country. Under the plan, the spectrum will be allocated on a primary (non-exclusive) basis for mobile services (SMP), fixed telephone services (STFC) as well as multimedia communication services (SCM). It is understood Anatel will allocate the 451MHz-458MHz and 461MHz-468MHz bands, including a block of 7+7MHz spectrums. Current users of the 450MHz-470MHz frequency bands will be migrated to an alternative spectrum band to avoid interference and facilitate Brazil’s goal of providing coverage to areas of low population density.
In a statement CDG director Perry LaForge said the agency ‘applaud[ed] ANATEL for taking an important step toward bringing 3G voice and broadband data services to all Brazilians’. He went on to say ‘the propagation capabilities and advantages of the 450MHz-470MHz spectrum band make it ideal for delivering affordable telecommunication services to both rural and urban areas. We look forward to working with the government and the wireless industry to make CDMA2000-based services accessible to all regions of Brazil.’