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.