Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has confirmed that the country’s national mobile operators are now able to launch Standalone (SA) 5G services using the 3.5GHz frequency band in Fortaleza (Ceara), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte) and Recife (Pernambuco). The decision was made on 1 September, following advice from the government’s Group for the Implementation of Solutions for Interference Problems (Grupo de Acompanhamento da Implantacao das Solucoes para os Problemas de Interferencia, GAISPI).

TeleGeography notes that SA 5G services are being introduced on a rolling basis in Brazil. The state capitals with live 5G networks are as follows: Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Goiania, Joao Pessoa, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo and Vitoria. On 18 August Anatel’s Board of Directors approved the postponement of the release date for 5G frequencies in all other state capitals to 28 October.

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