Brazilian operators lay out 5G launch plans

Brazilian operators lay out 5G launch plans

Brazilian operators TIM Brasil and Vivo (Telefonica Brasil) have revealed the locations in which they will debut their 5G offerings.

As reported in TeleGeography, TIM will launch commercial 5G in September this year across three cities in different regions - Bento Goncalves in Rio Grande do Sul, Itajuba in Minas Gerais, and Tres Lagoas in Mato Grosso do Sul. Valor reports that the operator will use equipment from Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia.

Meanwhile, Vivo aims to have its commercial 5G service operational by the end of this month. CEO Christian Gebara told local outlet TeleTime that coverage would be available in selected areas across eight state capitals – Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Goiania, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

Both operators will use dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology for their 5G networks, allowing them to deliver 4G and 5G services via a single frequency band. Rival operator Claro Brasil, which is providing coverage in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from this month, will also use DSS technology.

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