Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that 3.5GHz licensees are able to activate 5G services in a further 623 municipalities from Monday 4 December, as per the recommendations of the Group for the Implementation of Solutions for Interference Problems (Grupo de Acompanhamento da Implantacao das Solucoes para os Problemas de Interferencia, GAISPI). The decision means that a total of 3,079 towns and cities have now been approved for 3.5GHz Standalone (SA) 5G use, equating to 172 million Brazilians, or 81% of the population.

Going forward, the authorities are targeting 3,678 municipalities by June 2024, while all 5,570 municipalities should have 5G access by 2026.

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