Brazil will have around 20 million 5G users by 2023, accounting for 6% of the mobile base, according to Cisco’s Annual Internet Report 2018-2023. In the same period, the 4G customer base will grow to 58.4% from 53.8% of mobile accesses. By contrast, 3G and older technology will drop to 29.6% from 46.1% while IoT accesses will grow to 6% from 0.1 percent. Cisco estimates Brazil will have 755.1 million internet connected devices (+48%), and 199.8 million internet users by 2023.
The Brazilian telecoms regulator (Anatel) preparing to auction bandwidth for fifth-generation (5G) mobile data at the end of this year said any decision on the security risks of using Chinese technology will ultimately be taken by the president’s national security adviser. Anatel approved the rules for the auction published by the government last week and opened a public review. If confirmed, it will be the world’s largest 5G spectrum auction to date. Huawei is expected to play a big role in deploying 5G networks in Latin America despite U.S. efforts to block that growth.
Brazil’s auction of coveted 5G spectrum originally scheduled for March has been postponed until the end of year, amid a dispute at Anatel, the nation’s telecoms regulator, over the rules for the auction. Although the delay may help Brasília avert a looming stand-off with the US over whether Huawei play a role, it is a setback to the country’s technological ambitions that could cost the state billions in lost tax revenues and investments.