Our awards table has seen a great deal of upheaval, as only the winners of two out of seven of our awards are unchanged since our last report. Entel and Movistar continue to be joint winners for Games Experience and Claro remains the only Peruvian operator to have won the 4G Coverage Experience award. Competition over our awards has been fierce, with four of the awards now held by more than one operator due to scores that are so close that they are statistical ties, up from the two awards in our previous report.
Mobile market developments have been equally frantic with many changes over recent months. In May, Peru’s Agency for the Promotion of Private Investment announced a public tender for 2x30 MHz in the 1700/2100 MHz band (AWS-3) and 30 MHz in the 2300 MHz range, with significant rural coverage obligations. In addition, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has earmarked 470-698 MHz in the TV White Space (TVWS) band to increase rural broadband coverage and allocated 1200 MHz in the 26 GHz mmWave band for future 5G use.
In April, MTC authorized
5G non-standalone access (NSA) mobile services. In their statements welcoming the news, both Claro and Entel said that they already had gone live with 5G coverage — in some areas of metropolitan Lima and in Surquillo, respectively.
One month earlier, the ministry granted permission to Claro and Entel to provide fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G services using their 3.5 GHz spectrum holdings and both operators launched
their FWA services in the same month.
In our latest look at the Peruvian mobile network experience, we've analyzed data across the period starting April 1, 2021, and ending June 29, 2021, covering all four national operators — Bitel, Claro, Entel and Movistar.