O Pure 5G has already arrived in all Brazilian capitals, but the 3.5 GHz frequency has not yet been released to other municipalities. To anticipate the arrival of the fifth generation in some medium-sized cities, 1.1 million kits with satellite dish and satellite TV receiver will be distributed to selected people.
The relationship between 5G and satellite TV
Pure 5G in Brazil mainly uses the 3.5 GHz frequency (Band C). However, this spectrum was not released for immediate use by telecommunications operators as it was allocated to the open satellite TV service (TVRO).
To avoid problems with interference, Gaispi, a group linked to Anatel that coordinates the cleaning of the 3.5 GHz band, recommended the migration of open TV via satellite from C band to Ku band. However, the change in technology involves the use of antennas and receivers different from those installed in viewers’ homes.
originally the Anatel auction schedule establishes coverage obligation only for capitals until 2023, and from 2024 onwards in municipalities with more than 500 thousand inhabitants. The anticipation of the release of the 3.5 GHz band could accelerate the arrival of the fifth generation in these locations.
Operators that bought the 3.5 GHz band had to bear the costs of switching technology to low-income people. Therefore, enrolled in CadUnique (registration of government social programs) are entitled to the free migration and installation kit.
Siga Antenado, the entity that manages the 3.5 GHz band, opened the schedule for installing the kits in 26 cities — the list is available at the end of the article.
To order the new dishit is necessary to make an appointment with Siga Antenado by site or by calling 0800 729 2404. You must have your CPF or NIS registered with CadÚnico.
Change does not affect Sky, Claro TV and Oi Satellite TV
It is important to note that the shutdown of satellite TV in Band C does not affect those who watch pay TV operators such as Sky, Claro or Oi. The transition is related only to satellite dishes to open TV.
Migration in the first phase had low adherence
In this second phase, the entity estimates that more than 1.1 million requests will be made. However, Siga Antenado also provided for 270,000 equipment replacements in the first phase, but only 3,500 antennas were changed in the capitals.
It is easy to understand the low adherence in the capitals. Large cities are already covered with the digital signal of open TV, which allows good image quality and does not require the use of a satellite dish.
Virtually all televisions sold in Brazil manufactured after 2010 already have factory compatibility with Brazilian digital TV. In addition, more than 12.4 million converters for open digital TV were distributed during the analog TV shutdown schedule.
Therefore, the use of the satellite dish is justified mainly for those who live in places far from the big centers, where terrestrial open TV does not work. In some small towns, rural or isolated areas, satellite signal is the only way to watch television.
Cities suitable for free exchange of satellite dishes
Check below the list of municipalities with free schedule for satellite dish replacement:
|Bahia||Feira de Santana|
|Holy Spirit||Mountain range
|Goiás||Aparecida de Goiânia|
Juiz de Fora
|Pernambuco||Jaboatao dos Guararapes|
|Rio de Janeiro||purple Belford
Campos dos Goytacazes
Duke of Caxias
|Rio Grande do Sul||Caxias do Sul|
São Bernardo do Campo
São José dos Campos
With information: telesynthesis