Ecuador is preparing for its first trials of 5G technology, to be carried out by Huawei, according to executives of the Chinese telecommunications company. Huawei is currently finalizing details of the tests with government authorities, including the country’s Agency for Regulation and Control of Telecommunications (Arcotel), as well as mobile operators, although commercial 5G networks aren’t likely to be launched before 2021 or 2022.
Huawei officials add that Arcotel recently outlined plans to auction 5G-ready spectrum in the 900MHz, AWS and 3.3-3.6MHz bands before the end of 2019.
Several other South American countries are also expected to begin 5G trials in the second half of 2019 or early 2020, including Uruguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Communication officials in all four countries say that Huawei will participate in the tests and could be asked to tender bids for a range of technical equipment and services.
Officials in Chile and Uruguay say they are aware of U.S. security concerns with Huawei equipment and software but say internal tests have revealed no problems.