Explaining Brazil #97: For Brazil, 5G can mean more than just fast internet

The implementation of 5G in Brazil still has many obstacles in its way, not least pressure from the country's two leading trading partners

This week, we are talking about the state of 5G in Brazil—and the geopolitical implications of this new technology for the country. This super-fast internet connection may put Brazil slap-bang in the middle of a battle between its two biggest trading partners: the U.S. and China.

During World War II, Brazil found itself squeezed between the world’s biggest superpowers—and it managed to get the best out of that situation. Will it manage to do it again?

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On this episode:

  • Mauricio Santoro holds a Ph.D. in Political Science. He is currently Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of International Relations at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. He also writes op-eds for The Brazilian Report.
  • This episode also relies on the reporting of journalist Beatriz Farrugia. She has ten years of experience working for international news agencies. She is currently an editor at ANSA and holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

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Explaining Brazil is made by:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro, editor in chief of The Brazilian Report. He has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics. His work has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets, including Veja, Época, Folha de S.Paulo, Médiapart, and Radio France Internationale.
  • Euan Marshall, editing. Euan is a journalist and translator who has lived in São Paulo, Brazil since 2011. Specializing in Brazilian soccer, politics and the connection between the two, his work has been published in The Telegraph, Al Jazeera, The Independent, among others.

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