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Eyeing the presidency, São Paulo governor makes push for 5G antennas

São Paulo Governor João Doria makes a push for 5G technology, as a way to beef up his résumé ahead of his party's primaries

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João Doria launches the “Connect SP” program. Photo: Govesp/Flickr

As the celebrations subsided after Brazil’s landmark 5G auction two weeks ago, a major infrastructure bottleneck appeared. Raising around USD 8.5 billion in premiums and investment pledges, the federal government announced its ambition to set up 5G in all 27 Brazilian state capitals by July of next year — the problem is, only one-quarter of these cities have enough antennas to operate the new tech.

In a bid to get out ahead of the competition, São Paulo Governor João Doria issued a state law proposal on Tuesday to unify regional legislation on installing antennas in São Paulo’s 645...

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