Brazil’s national telecommunications agency, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL), has partnered with Viavi, to evaluate and test Brazil’s 5G-suitable spectrum ahead of auctions that will take place in 2020. The planned auction is the biggest in the history of ANATEL and will involve the 700 MHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 26 GHz frequency bands.Unlike many national spectrum auctions, ANATEL does not plan to generate revenue from the bids. Instead, it will seek investment commitments from bidders with deadlines for network implementation, as well as coverage and capacity goals that must be met. When the auction is complete, ANATEL will continue monitoring and supervising development of subsequent networks using test and measurement equipment from Viavi.To ensure the full use of the frequency bands for 5G deployments, ANATEL is evaluating coexistence between IMT-2020 (International Mobile Telecommunication system), analog TV signals and satellite digital television reception systems in various frequency ranges. Peculiarities in frequency spectrum distribution in Brazil also necessitate spectral analysis of 5G new radio (NR) access technology.The VIAVI CellAdvisor portfolio of base station analyzers is being used to measure and troubleshoot 4G LTE TDD and 5G NR signals. According to Luiz Cesar Oliveira, Vice President, Americas, VIAVI, the auction represents a tremendous opportunity for operators in the region. ANATEL’s approach of bringing in a 5G test and measurement leader like VIAVI early in the process is commendable and worthy of emulation in other territories. Luiz believes, data, video and the IoT will likely spur massive growth in the number of devices using Brazilian airwaves over the next several years, making it critical for auctioned frequencies to be able to handle the expected requirements from 5G.Click here to view Viavi’s complete CellAdvisor lineup.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens officially ruled out two starters, but they should have the rest of their 53-man roster available for Sunday’s season opener against Buffalo.As expected, tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (hernia surgery) will not play against the Bills as they continue recovering from multi-week ailments, but cornerback Maurice Canady (thigh) and rookie inside linebacker Kenny Young (knee) are expected to suit up after practicing all week. Both were officially listed as questionable.Canady participated in practices on a limited basis this week after being sidelined with a hamstring injury since mid-August. His return to the field is an important development as he will be the top reserve corner behind outside starters Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr and nickel back Tavon Young while Jimmy Smith serves his four-game suspension in September.“Maurice is a very valuable player. I’m excited about him,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He looks good in practice, so it looks like he’ll be out there. I haven’t gotten the OK on that finally from the trainer, but that’s my diagnosis. I’m planning on having him unless something changes between now and then. He can play inside. He can play outside. He can play special teams. He’s a good player. It’s good to have him back.”The Bills are also in good shape from a health standpoint as no projected starters appeared on the injury report this week.According to Weather.com, the Sunday forecast in Baltimore calls for temperatures in the mid-60s with a 100-percent chance of rain and winds 10 to 20 miles per hour. Rainfall could near an inch, which could make for an interesting afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.Friday marked the 10th anniversary of Harbaugh and Joe Flacco’s first Ravens win in a 17-10 final over Cincinnati to kick off the 2008 season. The victory would be the start of a surprising 11-5 campaign that would land the first-year head coach and rookie quarterback in the AFC championship game.“It feels like yesterday. It’s crazy how quickly [time goes by],” Flacco said. “You look back at the days, and they go along just like everybody says. But man, it’s been really, really quick, and we’ve changed a lot.”Below is the final injury report of the week:BALTIMOREOUT: DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot)QUESTIONABLE: CB Maurice Canady (thigh), LB Kenny Young (knee)BUFFALOOUT: WR Ray-Ray McCloud (knee)QUESTIONABLE: LB Julian Stanford (nose)