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.
- In this report, Beatriz Farrugia says telecoms experts believe Brazil shouldn’t hurry its auction of 5G frequencies. By taking its time, the country would be able to perfect its regulatory framework.
- The Donald Trump White House wants Brazil to ban Chinese behemoth Huawei from the 5G spectrum. But the Chinese company already controls much of Brazil’s telecom infrastructure.
- A lawmaker in the southern state of Santa Catarina has proposed a statewide ban on the testing and implementation of 5G internet. Read all about it.
- Just last week, Brasília correspondent Brenno Grillo held an exclusive interview with the head of Brazil’s telecom regulatory agency.
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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