O Pure 5G is now available in (neighborhoods of) all Brazilian capitals, but operators could not advance with the service in other cities because the 3.5 GHz spectrum has not yet been released by Anatel. No more: as of next Thursday (15th), Claro, TIM and Vivo will be able to register their antennas and start the fifth generation service in 15 new municipalities.
Satellite TV restricts the release of 5G throughout Brazil
There is a reason why operators do not activate 5G in the 3.5 GHz frequency in non-capital cities. The spectrum is currently occupied by Free-to-air satellite TV (TVRO)and, to avoid interference, it is necessary for users of this service to replace their satellite dishes and Ku-Band compatible receivers.
The entire Ku-Band migration process is controlled by Gaispi, the Anatel group responsible for mitigating interference in the 3.5 GHz band. Families enrolled in CadÚnico can request the installation of a new antenna and receiver free of charge, but adherence is seen as low by the agency: only 11,500 kits were distributed, out of the expected total of 1.4 million.
Migration to Ku Band affects only open satellite TV dishes. No changes should be made for users of pay TV via satellite from operators such as Sky, Claro TV or Oi TV.
If you are able to receive the new receiver and satellite dish kit, it is necessary to make an appointment with Siga Antenado at site or by calling 0800 729 2404. You must have your CPF or NIS registered in CadÚnico.
Starting tomorrow, operators will be able to request the licensing of 5G antennas in 15 Brazilian municipalities. Another 20 cities will be available starting January 1, 2023.
Anatel’s list includes cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants, as well as smaller municipalities that are part of metropolitan regions of capitals or other larger cities. Considering the two release dates, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the states with the most covered locations.
It is important to point out that Anatel’s release refers only to permission to use the spectrum, and there is no obligation for 5G coverage at this time🇧🇷 O agency schedule provides for mandatory fifth generation in municipalities with more than 500,000 inhabitants only from July 2025.
In other municipalities, operators can already offer 5G signal from other frequencies, either with the sharing with old technologies (5G DSS) or with a dedicated frequency, such as 2.3 GHz band that was also auctioned by Anatel🇧🇷
Check below the list of cities with the 3.5 GHz frequency released:
Cities released from December 15, 2022
|Goiania||Aparecida de Goiânia|
|Pernambuco||Jaboatão dos Guararapes
|Rio de Janeiro||mosque
Sao Joao do Meriti
|Rio Grande do Sul||Caxias do Sul|
south san francisco
Sao Caetano do Sul
Cities released from January 1, 2023
|bahia||Feira de Santana|
|Holy Spirit||Mountain range
Juiz de Fora
|Rio de Janeiro||purple Belford
Campos dos Goytacazes
Duque de Caxias
São Bernardo do Campo
São José dos Campos