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Court decision set to delay Brazil’s 5G auction even further

Brazil's government had hoped to carry out its landmark 5G auction this month, but further delays are expected as the Federal Accounts Court analyzes a proposal to include government programs in the bid notice

President Jair Bolsonaro presents project to take 5G connections to rural properties. Photo: Alan Santos/PR
President Jair Bolsonaro presents project to take 5G connections to rural properties. Photo: Alan Santos/PR

For the last two years, Brazil has been “a few months” away from its landmark auction of 5G frequencies. According to the government’s forecasts, the much-awaited sale should take place later in July — but it is likely to suffer further delays, and the first step toward Brazil’s 5G implementation will once again be “a few months” away.

As things stand, the Federal Accounts Court (TCU) is analyzing the 5G bidding notice but has yet to publish its final report. The TCU is currently assessing a proposal...

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