Paraguay delays 5G spectrum auction
Although Paraguay’s mobile market accounts for around 97% of all telephony subscribers, as also the vast majority of internet connections, the regulator has been hesitant to auction 5G-suitable spectrum, suggesting that such spectrum would not be made available until 2024.
This delayed timetable was partly influenced by vandalism against cell towers in 2020, which had been linked to conspiracy theories circulating on social media falsely implicating 5G rollouts with Covid-19.
That aside, there remains considerable capacity within the country’s existing LTE networks. Although growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers slowed in 2020 and 2021, there has been a dramatic increase in the data rates which consumers can access.Key developments:
Companies mentioned in this report:
- América Móvil spins off towers and other related passive infrastructure in Latin American markets;
- 5G mobile licences will not be available for auction until 2024 at the earliest;
- RNFO - 18,000km of fibre deployed so far;
- MITIC, MEC and the Korea International Cooperation Agency aim to improve accessibility to education through a multimedia education support centre;
- State-owned Tier-3 data centre and NOC to be built in Villa Hayes;
- MITIC, Conatel, and Tigo inaugurate the first of ten Telecentres;
- MITIC enables more than 100 free internet points throughout the country, providing services to more than 1.3 million citizens;
- Government modernises its regulatory framework with the assistance of a $90 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);
- Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2020, operator data to Q3 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector; recent market developments.
Copaco, Millicom (Tigo Paraguay), Vox, América Móvil (Claro Paraguay), Grupo Clarin, DirecTV, Personal (Telecom Argentina).