Chilean telecommunications regulator Subtel announced that it will be authorizing operators to carry out pilots of 5G network technologies in the 3.5GHz band. In a statement, the watchdog said companies interested in conducting trials should apply for permission to develop and test 5G technology, above all in areas including Big Data, autonomous vehicles, telemedicine plus IoT in mining and agriculture. "We have decided to promote 5G pilots, so that once the technical regulations for its deployment are defined, our companies… will be in an optimal position to begin the process of adopting this technology more easily and quickly," said telecommunications undersecretary Pamela Gidi.
Last year Subtel announced that it would partially lift its previous decision to freeze use of the 3.5GHz band. It had previously blocked use of the band on grounds that it wanted to ensure allocation was distributed efficiently for the benefit of all Chileans ahead of the rollout of 5G technology.