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.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak exploded, there was some hope that Brazil could hold its auction of 5G frequencies by the end of this year. While that now seems like a pipe dream, the ordinance Gen. Heleno signed is an important step into pushing Brazil to the next generation of internet connections.