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A National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) resumed this Thursday (25) the discussions on the public notice of the auction technology frequencies 5G, the next generation of mobile telephony.
Anatel’s Board of Directors members meet virtually from 3 pm to discuss the points of the bidding project. The meeting takes place almost a month after the last meeting, on February 1, when two directors from Anatel asked for views to better analyze the case, which caused the decision to be postponed.
If approved, the announcement may pave the way for the 5G auction to be held, which may be one of the largest auctions in the country. The government hoped to do the bidding this semester, but the deadline is increasingly tight.
Among the points of discussion is a requirement in the public notice so that operators use a technological standard known as “release 16” in the 3.5 GHz frequency bands, which is considered the most advanced of 5G networks today and, therefore, more expensive.
Another issue that has provoked criticism from operators is the requirement for companies to fund the migration of people who today use satellite dishes to another technology. The signal from these antennas uses the 3.5 GHz frequency bands, the same as that used by 5G networks.
The 5G auction notice also included a decree issued by the Ministry of Communications on the eve of the last Anatel meeting demanding that the winners of the bidding build a private telecommunications network, for the exclusive use of the federal government, which has also provoked resistance from companies . One estimate is that the cost of this project could reach R $ 1 billion, without any return for companies.
These other issues should be on the agenda for the debate this Thursday at Anatel and will have an impact on the future of telecommunications and business in the country.
5G networks are seen as a fundamental technology to allow connectivity between machines and sensors installed in factories, automobiles and cities. In Brazil alone, the expectation is that 5G may have an impact of 100 billion dollars in gross domestic product in the next 10 years.