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Brazil's four largest telecom carriers have refused to meet U.S. official who has advocated against Huawei

The situation was first reported by the Brazillian newspapers Folha de S.Paulo and Valor Econômico

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  • Telefonica Brasil (Vivo), Oi, TIM, controlled by Telecom Italia, and Claro, owned by Mexico’s America Movil, each control between 19% and 29% of Brazil’s wireless market;
  • As reported by LABS, all these carriers already use Huawei equipment in preparation for the auctioning of spectrum concessions next year in Brazil and do not support a ban on Huawei sought by the U.S. government.

Brazil’s four largest telecom carriers have refused to meet with a U.S. senior official who has been defending the exclusion of the Chinese giant Huawei from the Brazilian 5G equipment market, an industry source told Reuters on Friday. The situation was first reported by the Brazillian newspapers Folha de S.Paulo and Valor Econômico.

On Monday, the companies declined an invitation from Keith Krach, U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy, and the environment, a person in contact with telecom sector executives told Reuters.

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Telefonica Brasil (Vivo), Oi, TIM, controlled by Telecom Italia, and Claro, owned by Mexico’s America Movil, each control between 19% and 29% of Brazil’s wireless market.

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As reported by LABS, all these carriers already use Huawei equipment in preparation for the auctioning of spectrum concessions next year in Brazil and do not support a ban on Huawei sought by the U.S. government.

In an interview with the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo in October, Sun BaochengHuawei‘s CEO in Brazil, said that if Jair Bolsonaro decides to ban Huawei, Brazilians will have to pay more for 5G connectivity.

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