Brazil’s telecommunications regulator, Antel, has approved Brazil’s 5G spectrum auction regulations. The interesting part of the approval is that there are no restrictions on Huawei. The Trump administration has put the pressure on sure Brazil. It forces Brazil to ban Huawei from entering its 5G technology market For safety reasons. However, it is evident that the Brazilian government has not bowed to the pressure.
Brazilian telecommunications companies do not want Huawei to be left out, according to reports. They claim that without Huawei, the country spend billions of dollars on the 5G investment. Now, 50% of the country’s 3G and 4G equipment is by Huawei.
Brazil’s 5G spectrum auction is slated to take place in June 2021 and contains additional terms for telecom companies. The regulation states that 5G networks must adopt new technologies and not rely on 4G. In addition, the telecommunications companies will also provide broadband connections for the northern part of the Amazon rainforest. They will have to rely on the laying of optical fibers at the bottom of the river.
The Brazilian president criticized Huawei in 2020 and said he would ban Huawei from participating in the country’s 5G construction. However, last year’s tension has not radiated this year. Of course, this could have some connection with the result of the presidential election in the United States.
Huawei hires controversial ex-Brazilian president as 5G adviser
Huawei recently hired the former Brazilian president to advise on 5G networks in the region. The company wants to generate rapid bandwidth growth in the local market ahead of the Brazilian 5G wireless auction.
Michel Temer was vice-president of Brazil from 2011 to 2016 and was also president of the country from August 31, 2016 to January 1, 2019. He was the subject of multiple legal proceedings and had to face criminal proceedings.
An auction for 5G networks in Brazil was previously scheduled for March 2020, but due to the coronavirus outbreak the date was postponed to early 2021. Meanwhile, Chinese tech giant Huawei was facing a potential ban in the country that could prevent it from supplying 5G equipment. The company has now turned to the former president to strengthen its position.
Michel Temer is also a professor of constitutional law and a lawyer. He is in contact with the current president, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who could play into the game of the Chinese tech giant.