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New setback to Brazil’s 5G timetable

Accounts court holds up auction over doubts around plans for Amazon and standalone government network – but Brazil may have a solution to avoid alienating Chinese partners

5g Communications Minister Fábio Faria (left) and President Jair Bolsonaro
Communications Minister Fábio Faria (left) and President Jair Bolsonaro announcing a 5G-related project in May 2021. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazil’s government had promised to auction 5G frequencies by the first half of 2021. It would be the crown jewel of the Bolsonaro administration’s privatizations plan … but it never happened. Later the government guaranteed it would happen by late July. Once again, the target was not met. Now, following a deadlock in the Federal Accounts Court, there are doubts about whether the tender will be held in 2021 at all.