Tech

Communications Minister promises 5G in São Paulo before year-end, even with delays

Brazil is finally on the home stretch in its long wait to auction off 5G frequencies. New delays have cropped up, but the government is confident that 5G implementation will begin before the end of the year

President Bolsonaro tries out 5G-based equipment during a tech event in Brasília. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR
President Bolsonaro tries out 5G-based equipment during a tech event in Brasília. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

For what seems like an eternity, Brazil’s auction of 5G frequencies has been scheduled to take place “next month.” Even with the country staggering toward the finish line of one of the tech world’s most highly awaited bidding processes, delays are still surfacing. However, Communications Minister Fábio Faria has ensured that the latest postponements will not stop cities in São Paulo and other state capitals from implementing standalone 5G infrastructure before the end of this year.

According to the government’s plan, all 27 Brazilian state capitals should have standalone 5G networks in place by July 2022, but this particular...

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