DECISION ON 3G SPECTRUM ALIGNS BRAZIL WITH GLOBAL IMT-2000 VISION
June 23rd 2000: In a landmark announcement, the Brazilian regulator
Anatel has decided that future third generation (3G) mobile multimedia
services will be launched within the "core" frequency bands as
identified at WARC 92 for IMT 2000 services globally. Anatel has also
confirmed that second generation cellular services will be introduced
in the 1800MHz band, as already used by GSM networks in many countries
worldwide. In accordance with the recommendations of the ITU, the move
fully aligns Brazil with the approach to 3G frequency harmonisation
already adopted by most of the worlds regions.
UMTS Forum Dr Bernd Eylert was jubilant at the announcement:
"Brazils decision is fantastic news for Latin America - and fantastic
news for the rest of the world, too. Its always been our desire that all
the worlds countries should come together to operate 3G systems within
a common technical framework and using common frequency bands. Now,
with Latin Americas largest country signalling its positive commitment
to the ITUs long-term vision for IMT-2000, we are confident that other
countries in the region will follow soon."
Recognising the importance of IMT-2000 in Latin America, the UMTS
Forum has been active in the region for the last twelve months, briefing
operators and governmental representatives about UMTS/IMT-2000 in a series
of workshops and meetings. Brazils move echoes a similar decision made
earlier this month by Venezuela to adopt the WARC 92-identified core
bands for IMT-2000.