Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wireless broadband up to 100 Mbps arrives in Brazil in a year

The new generation of mobile telecommunications will arrive in Brazil within a year, at least in the cities of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza - and probably still in Recife and Salvador. They are the host cities Confederations Cup.

This new generation, called 4G or LTE (Long Term Evolution of English) has as its main gimmick the ability to transmit data at speeds well above those currently achieved in 3G. In theory, peak of 100 Mbps for operation in bands of 20 MHz

For the schedule of the announcement of the 2.5 GHz band - a frequency that will be used for 4G services - by the end of 2013 the list of cities will be expanded to Cuiabá, Curitiba, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, which together eat 6/1 completes the headquarters and branch offices of the World Cup 2014.

Despite the requirement for a fast pace of service deployment, the target coverage headquarters and branch offices in these cities will be slightly different. As a general rule, the Anatel finds that a city is served when you have 80% coverage in your area. These will be accepted the percentage of 50%.

Before the World Cup in June, but all the capitals and cities with over 500,000 inhabitants should also have service offerings in LTE. By the end of 2015 and 2016 will be included towns with up to 200 000 and 100 000 inhabitants, respectively.

In the case of smaller cities - from 30 to 100 thousand inhabitants - companies should at least expand their networks so they can offer 3G services. Remember that part of that coverage was also provided in the auction of third generation, whose schedule is still in progress (will 2018).

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