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The exponential growth in 4G in Latin America demonstrates the high demand for mobile broadband. To realize the full potential of 4G and 5G networks, governments need adequate public policies on spectrum management and a roadmap for the release of harmonized spectrum.


  • Spectrum is the most important resource for the provisioning of advanced wireless services. Governments should ensure that sufficient internationally harmonized spectrum is available and accessible for current and future needs.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the key public policy guidelines for spectrum management in the move toward 5G.
  • Analyzes the most important bands to be identified by Latin America for the development of a roadmap for 5G.

Key questions answered

  • Which bands are the most relevant for 5G in Latin America?
  • What are the key public policies for spectrum management to ensure 5G infrastructure development?

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  • Summary
  • Spectrum is the most important resource for the provisioning of advanced wireless services
  • Spectrum allocation can take years, so continual planning by governments is needed
  • Governments need to plan for the new spectrum bands required to successfully introduce 5G services by 2020


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