Number of cities able to receive 5G in Brazil grows 25% in one week

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The number of cities that are ready to receive the new 5G technology in the country grew from 28 to 35 in the space of a week — from Wednesday (23) last week, to this Wednesday (1).

They are municipalities with updated legislation and in compliance with the norms for the new technology to be installed. The state with the most suitable cities is still Rio de Janeiro, with 16. The data are from the Brazilian Association of Infrastructure for Telecommunications (Abrintel).

For the installation of 5G in different regions of the country, municipalities need to comply with the General Law of Antennas, which establishes general guidelines for the implementation of telecommunications network infrastructure.

Rio is also the state in which there are the largest number of cities discussing the law to implement the new technology.

According to Abrintel, five capitals are able to receive the infrastructure necessary for the installation of 5G (Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, Brasília, Porto Alegre and Fortaleza) and in the other 22 there is already some work to update the legislation.

Among the capitals that have not yet adapted, the ones that worry the most, according to the organization, are São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Goiânia.

The municipalities have not yet reached a consensus on the adequacy of their “antenna laws” to receive 5G. In Goiânia, even, the bill that debated the matter was rejected and the discussion returned to square one.

Anatel stipulated a maximum period of until July 31, 2022 for operators to deploy 5G in capitals. However, according to the president of Abrintel, Luciano Stutz, it is necessary to have a minimum amount of antennas for the 5G to work properly.

For him, the installation of the new antennas will not require great efforts, considering that many of them are the approximate size of a shoebox.

“The 5G will not only need large structures to be installed. You won’t need a large number of new infrastructure constructions, because predominantly the antenna is smaller and installation is faster. The installation will also be carried out in large structures, but most of it will take advantage of the large structures already installed for 4G”, he explained.

According to the 5G auction notice, Brazil currently has 103,000 installed communication antennas. According to a survey by Conexis Brasil Digital, between 515,000 and 1 million new antennas would be needed to reach the necessary level of coverage in the country.

According to Luciano Stutz, even though many cities still do not have adequate legislation to implement the technology, the outlook for its arrival is positive.

“The feeling is one of optimism, as we now have a very different movement than in the past. The sector spent years discussing legislation with governments, but now they are all striving together to adapt to the rules and be able to receive 5G”, concluded the president of Abrintel.

Last Tuesday (30), the president of the Rio de Janeiro Chamber of Councilors, Councilor Carlo Caiado (DEM), enacted sections of the law that regulates the installation of the infrastructure of 5G telephone technology antennas, which had previously been vetoed by Executive.

In practice, the new rules in force simplify the licensing process for the installation of small antennas and for the use of existing structures, which could make Rio continue to make progress in adapting to the new mobile network technology.

5G impacts

The arrival of 5G in Brazil has generated a lot of expectations and questions about the practical impacts of the new network. One of them, according to Petrobras, is the optimization of the efficiency of exploration and production processes in the oil basins, which, according to the company’s Digital Transfer director, Nicolás Simone, will add US$ 20 billion in value to operations by 2030.

Another expected impact is on energy generation in the country. According to Vanessa de Oliveira Vasconcellos, senior engineer of Smart Grid (intelligent grid) at Enel, the 5G connections will make the electricity supply more robust, as the high transmission rate will make the system much more reliable and allow for “re-establishment of energy more quickly”.

These estimates were highlighted in the debate promoted by Firjan (Federation of Industries of the State of Rio de Janeiro), which took place on Monday (22), and was attended by the aforementioned companies. 5G technology is estimated to reach a download speed of 10 gigabits per second, 10 times higher compared to the 4G network.

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Reference: CNN Brasil

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