BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel approved rules on Thursday for a spectrum auction for 5G networks this year without any curbs on China’s Huawei Technologies Co as an equipment supplier.
Right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro last year criticized the Chinese company and was under pressure from the former Trump administration to ban Huawei from the country’s fifth-generation technology market on security concerns.
Brazil’s telecom companies insisted on a free market, complaining that excluding Huawei would cost billions of dollars to replace the equipment of the Chinese company that supplies 50% of the current 3G and 4G networks.
Rules for the auction expected in June, however, have costly conditions such as requiring telecom companies to migrate by next year to more advanced technology with stand-alone networks not based on their current technology.
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