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Brazil's Anatel forecasts up to BRL 35 billion in investment with 5G auction

Anatel approved the rules for the 5G auction this year, without restrictions for Chinese Huawei as equipment supplier

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  • The 5G networks auction in Brazil, scheduled to happen this year, is likely to result in investments of 33 billion to 35 billion reais, said the president of Brazil’s regulator Anatel;
  • Anatel approved the rules for a spectrum auction for 5G networks this year, without restrictions for Chinese Huawei as equipment supplier.

The spectrum auction for 5G networks in Brazil this year is likely to result in investments of 33 billion to 35 billion reais, said on Friday the president of the National Telecommunications Agency, Anatel, referring to preliminary calculations, which do not consider the counterparts in the event.

Anatel approved the rules for a spectrum auction for 5G networks this year, without restrictions for Chinese Huawei as equipment supplier.

Still mentioning preliminary data, Morais said the counterpart costs include BRL 2.6 billion for connection to roads; BRL 2.5 billion in fiber optic backbone infrastructure; BRL 1.5 billion for fiber connection in the country’s North and BRL 1 billion for private mobile network.

“We are refining this data,” said the president of Anatel, adding that the amounts for serving 14,000 locations with at least 600,000 citizens are still being calculated.

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Communications Minister Fabio Faria said that President Jair Bolsonaro will have the final say on the auction, but that the law related to the event has been aligned with the ministers. He also confirmed that companies will choose their suppliers.

The government, he said, focused on ensuring the security of private network providers.

Translated by LABS

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