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Brazil quietly passes new 5G regulations

While everyone is worried about the Covid-19 outbreak, the Brazilian government silently passed new rules for 5G infrastructure

Brazil quietly passes new 5G regulations, we explain
Presidential meeting on March 26, 2020. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro’s chief security officer and retired Army General Augusto Heleno raised eyebrows when he returned to work just a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19. He was not wearing a protective mask, nor did he keep the recommended 1.5-meter distance from his colleagues. While his return seems rushed, Brazil’s Federal Register offers a hint at why Gen. Heleno abandoned his quarantine and returned to work so quickly — on Friday, he signed an ordinance defining the cybersecurity directives to be respected by 5G infrastructure providers in Brazil.

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