The sharing and recycling of cellular network antennas is a very common practice in several countries, including Brazil. Now, the country will have better 4G coverage thanks to the agreement signed between operators Oi, Tim and Vivo, which can now share their infrastructure with the aim of covering 136 municipalities by the end of 2015. Check out the details below.
While the reuse of analog TV and radio antennas that operate in the 700MHz band is not possible, the main operators in the country found in the sharing of their infrastructure the way out to expand 4G coverage. TIM, which already covers more than 300 municipalities through the reuse of the 1,800 MHz frequency, has just entered into an agreement approved by Cade (Administrative Council for Economic Defense) which provides for the sharing of antennas between Vivo and Oi, corresponding to 2.5 GHz range.
The goal of the new agreement is that 136 municipalities will be covered by the three operators by the end of the year – which for half an expert is the same as in 3 weeks. Claro, which has a similar sharing agreement with Vivo, is not part of this new agreement, however, the operator is the leader in 4G coverage in the country, covering approximately 47% of the population.
Approximately 200,000 inhabitants will benefit from the new 4G antenna sharing agreement.
Users who do not yet have 4G coverage in their cities will gain access to the high-speed network at no extra cost with the new agreement. In addition, cities facing latitude problems with a given operator may receive a more uniform and less congested signal with the help of the competitor’s antenna.
For those who do not remember, the LTE coverage target has already been redefined by Anatel three times, the first of which cover part of the population before the start of the 2014 World Cup, a goal not reached and which was later limited to cities that would host the World Cup games.
Do you believe that these three operators will cover all these municipalities by the end of the year?