By the end of 2021, the 5G spectrum auction would open in Colombia: Presidency

In conversation with Entrepreneurs of AmCham Colombia, the High Presidential Councillor for Digital Transformation, Víctor Muñoz, said that an auction of the 5G spectrum is planned in the last quarter of 2021 for this technology to start operating since 2022. Agro, health and education would be some of the sectors benefited.

Bogota, 20 October 2020 (AmCham Colombia).- In the last quarter of 2021, the auction for the award of 5G technology in Colombia is scheduled to open and would be in operation by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

This was reported by the High Presidential Councillor for Digital Transformation, Víctor Muñoz, in conversation at the American Colombo Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Colombia and Cisco Systems where he indicated that some pilot tests of this technology are already being advanced in the country.

"In view of the deployment of 5G in Colombia, in June this year the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies (MinTIC) granted permits to seven companies in the country to start pilot tests; we expect that, between December 2020 and April 2021 we will have a 5G test bench and once the results of these are there, we would have the route plan of what would be a possible auction for the last quarter of 2021," Muñoz said.    

As for the industries that would be most favored by the deployment of 5G, Cisco Systems country manager Colombia Javier Castro noted that health would be one of them. "One of the main impacts we have been able to measure has been the area of health and, in fact, we already have surveys showing that hospitals and governments that have opted for mobile technology have had significant cost reductions of about 25% and, on the other hand, customer satisfaction is improved as the end user feels better served" Castro said.

He added that in agribusiness there were also a number of ventures which, leveraged by the 4G network, were already having important results, so if they managed to have a higher speed, latency and the other benefits of 5G, the country could move forward with important solutions; this in addition to the entrepreneurship and innovation that must go hand in hand.  

Another sector benefited will be education. "We are at a time when, because of the covid-19 pandemic, the education sector has been seriously impacted. The goal is that with 5G we can reach more rural areas and offer good training to a greater number of Colombians, so education is one of the priority areas that as a country we have to accelerate to present better indicators," said Cisco country manager.

For his part, the Director of Corporate Affairs of Claro, Santiago Pardo, noted that it is essential to advance the pilot tests, which are currently advancing in different cities with the accompaniment of the Government and also "to determine use cases that meet the needs of Colombian consumers and that allow operators to identify opportunities to monetize investments that require technological evolution such as 5G , so it is very important to start this process as soon as possible."

In this regard, Andrés Cuervo, Director of Mass Marketing at Directv, said that together with the Government we should also think about how to subsidize many homes that need high speeds, which they will not have through wired media, and that 5G is presented as a great opportunity to do so.  

"We are still at the stage that costs and production adapt to a real massive consumption of this technology, but we see it with excellent eyes because the results that we are having, in this first commercial implementation, show us that we are achieving what was expected and that is that households have high speeds without wiring and with quite important immediacy performance , as demonstrated in laboratories," Raven explained.   

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