Claro Chile has received authorisation from the regulator Subtel to use its radio frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band to offer 5G services. This follows a court ruling earlier this year saying the spectrum could not be limited to fixed-wireless services. With the decision, Subtel expects more competition on the market, with four operators offering services. 

Before launching services, Claro must present an investment plan for rolling out 5G in areas of the country with poor or no mobile coverage. This is to ensure it does not enjoy a cost advantage after not paying for the spectrum in an auction like the other operators, the regulator said.

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