Most countries in South America have already deployed some type of 5G network and launched services, while the majority in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as Mexico, are still in the deployment stages, evaluation and testing, or there is no information available.
The data comes from the GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association), which brings together the main providers of mobile networks in the world: Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, ZTE, Qualcomm, Intel and Apple.
In its latest 5G Market Update report, from mid-August, with information collected by GSA among its associates, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Suriname appear on a map of the investments of 5G operators as than countries where 5G is deployed in networks and with launched services.
Uruguay has the status of 5G deployed, but under a soft launch, while Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador appear at the “deployment” stage.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico are in the process of evaluating / testing / testing 5G, according to the GSA, while Honduras is “deploying” and Puerto Rico has already deployed and launched services.
There is no information for other countries.
The GSA doesn’t provide details, but most of these activations likely involve what’s known as 5G DSS (dynamic spectrum sharing), a technology that uses 3GPP-compliant 5G mobile services, but over existing spectrum ( as for 4G, for example).
3GPP is the global standards body for wireless systems.
This scheme allows for initial 5G deployments, because in addition to the pre-existing spectrum, other network elements are used, such as antennas and radio equipment, according to 5G Americas.
In fact, many operators in the region have already launched services under this model, including players in Brazil, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Colombia.
5G Americas reports that Latin America has 15 commercial 5G networks, including 5G DSS (over existing LTE infrastructure) and “pure” 5G (using specific spectrum), part of a total of 178 worldwide. . Data was updated on August 16.
The GSA says that as of mid-August, 461 operators in 137 countries / territories were investing in 5G, including testing, licensing, planning, network deployment and launches.
Of these, a total of 176 operators in 72 countries / territories had launched one or more 3GPP-compliant 5G services. Some 63 operators in 34 countries / territories had launched 3GPP-compliant 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) services or broadband home services.
Also according to the GSA, 13 operators had launched commercial public 5G SA networks (autonomous, pure 5G), 45 others were planning / deploying 5G SA for public networks and 23 operators were involved in tests / trials.
Market research and consulting firm Dell’Oro estimates that Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia together have 95% of the telecommunications provider market in Latin America.
Nokia lists 5G public commercial contracts (including DSS) with five telecommunications operators in Latin America and the Caribbean: Antel in Uruguay, Setar in Aruba, CNT in Ecuador, Telefónica Chile and Telecom Argentina.
Ericsson’s latest update included 144 5G trade deals, 82 publicly announced contracts, and 94 live 5G networks around the world.
In Latin America, the company reports public 5G networks with DirectTV in Colombia and Claro in Brazil. It is also known that Ericsson supplies equipment for Entel in Chile.
Huawei no longer gives a breakdown of its 5G contracts.