The three main companies telecommunications with its own networks in the country, Claro, Movistar and Personalhave presented their respective technical proposals to participate in the auction of radio spectrum frequencies intended for the implementation of 5G technology.
At this time, these proposals are being evaluated by the prequalification court and, according to the established calendar, The auction is expected to take place in mid-November. Claro was the first to present its technical offer and backed its proposal with a maintenance guarantee worth US$20 million. Subsequently, the companies Telecom (Personal-flow) and Telefónica (Movistar) They also presented their offers last Friday.
The tender will be carried out around three lots of 100 MHz, each with a base price of US$350 million. The auction system will allow the final amount to be determined by market conditions, as highlighted by the National Communications Entity (Enacom).
The technology 5G represents a significant technical advancewith greater bandwidth and data capacity, allowing speeds of up to 10Gbps. Additionally, lower latency of around one millisecond is achieved, enabling real-time communications, essential for implementations such as telesurgery and self-driving vehicles. Likewise, 5G allows the simultaneous connection of up to one million devices per square kilometer, compared to the 100,000 devices that current 4G technology can support.
Experts predict that the implementation of 5G services will have a significant impact on the development of the Internet of Things and the creation of smart cities.
Recently, a court challenge was filed regarding the tender. An association of companies in the sector, chaired by Movistar and called Argentine Digital Infrastructure (IDA), requested the suspension of the approval of the specifications and conditions for the auction, as well as the date of presentation of technical offers. Enacom responded to these concerns and it is expected that the Mendoza judge, Pablo Quirosanalyze whether to lift the precautionary measure to allow the bidding process to continue.