Many eyebrows went up (especially at Huawei) when, in his opening speech to the 75th United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (22), President Jair Bolsonaro stated that “Brazil is open to the development of cutting-edge technology and innovation, such as industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and 5G technology, with any partners that respect our sovereignty, value freedom and data protection ”, indicating that there may be restrictions in the auction of the fifth generation of mobile data in Brazil.
The announcement for the 5G auction has not yet been defined, and who will have the last word on the Chinese giant’s participation will be Bolsonaro. “Look, we have the 5G business ahead of us. To make it very clear, I am the one who will decide 5G, it is not a third party, no one guessing around, no. I will decide on 5G, “he said earlier this month.
Communications Minister Fábio Faria, without directly mentioning Huawei, declared in early September that the choice of the president mainly concerns the presence or choice of the Chinese manufacturer in the 5G auction.
Just another technology
At the end of 2019, the then Minister responsible for Communications, Marcos Pontes, reiterated that there would be no restrictions on Huawei’s participation in the process. According to him, “companies like Cisco, Huawei and Qualcomm already have a large infrastructure within our telecommunications. 5G is just another technology, it will not change the fact that they are already in the system.”
The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) declared that the process would be governed by the “neutrality principle”, and that it would not privilege or ban any equipment manufacturer – Huawei is the world leader in 5G technology.