Brazil to allocate 450 MHz spectrum to reduce digital divide

Tuesday 11 January 2011 | 06:50 CET | News
The CDMA Development Group (CDG) has welcomed the new regulations of channelization and conditions of use of spectrum in the 450 MHz band recently issued by Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel. Under the new regulations, the 450-470 MHz band will be cleared and allocated to deliver fixed and mobile services, including the full range of international mobile telecommunications services nationwide in Brazil. 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). The 450 MHz spectrum is thus expected to be more effectively used to deliver fixed and mobile telephony and broadband data services to Brazil's rural and urban regions, helping to bridge the country's digital divide. Although priority is placed on serving Brazil's rural areas, the 450-470 MHz band licensees can serve urban areas as well. The regulations announced by Anatel allocate the 451-458 MHz and 461-468 MHz bands, including a block of 7+7 MHz. Current users of the 450-470 MHz frequency bands will be migrated to an alternative spectrum band to avoid interference and support provision of coverage to areas of low population density.

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