Brazilian regulator Anatel has cleared operators with spectrum holdings in the 850MHz band to extend their rights up until 29th November 2028.
As reported in TeleTime, the move appears to be geared towards expanding coverage into less inhabited regions. Reportedly, licence fees on the spectrum will be slashed by as much as 90%, with operators instead having to fulfil coverage obligations.
Under these conditions, operators will be encouraged to focus on delivering 4G access to settlements of under 30,000, according to TeleGeography. Brazil’s 850MHz concession holders include Algar Telecom, Claro Brasil, Oi, Sercomtel and TIM Brasil.