FUTURECOM 2022 – Anyway, all the issues raised in the early days FuturecomYes, the technological, telecommunications and digital transformation event, which takes place in Brazil from this Tuesday to this Thursday, touches on issues that make an acute situation involving a region that plunges with more or less impetus into the development of its infrastructure. Thanks to the local and lively network ignition process that comes to transform communications, the economy and their production processes, Brazil was the one who offered the lead voice.
A brief overview of the agenda topics, the use of the metaverse, directed to enterprises (B2B), private networks and network sharing, use cases for 5G to stimulate agriculture, communications, smart cities, education, entertainment, industry and medicine, as well as 6G and the changes expected to occur after 2030, were included in the agenda of this 22nd edition of Futurecom.
“It’s nice to say that today all Brazilian capitals already have 5G,” said Estella Dantas, executive secretary of the Ministry of Communications (MCOM); which also highlighted the progress made in bridging the digital divide, for example,, connect rural schools.
In the same context, Maximiliano Salvadori Martignan, MCOM’s BroadcastIng Secretary, reviewed the characteristics of an auction held last November in which investment commitments were prioritized over collection objectives.
“Unlike past auctions, in the policies created for the 5G implementation process, more than 90 percent of the investments have become commitments, within the guidelines presented by the regulation, with investment commitments until 2030,” he said, adding that the commitments are characterized by covering 36,000 kilometers of 4G coverage on Brazil’s routes and roads; in addition to laying 12 kilometers of subfluvial optical wiring in the Amazon rivers, in addition to guaranteeing broadband in public schools.
But the 5G rollout also shows what the official said as “the need to have frequency bands for private 5G networks” aimed at industries such as ports, manufacturing, mining, logistics, energy and oil, among others.
And to clarify his speech, the official presented the indicators provided by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel): until August 2022, 357.2 million telecommunications contracts and 43.7 million fixed broadband access. And these figures allowed him to measure the role of operators: “More than half of broadband users are served by small access providers. Brazilian legislation has made it so easy to become an ISP that we have more than 125 ISPs in Brazil.”
According to Salvadori Martignan, the introduction of 5G will transform Brazilian society due to the impact it will have on job creation; the need to increase fiber optics, data centers for cloud strategies and core network bandwidth; increased demand for devices such as smartphones, sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But the official also cited a problem for the telecommunications sector, moving from offering “B2C services only” to providing mostly B2B services.
“We managed to have 5G in all the capitals of Brazil less than a year after the auction,” the official said and recalled that progress is being made in spectral cleaning and distribution of kits for those families who should not replace their satellite dishes.
But the balance also showed acceptance. “Mobile operators have believed in the project and are making investments beyond what is provided for by the regulations. We are seeing a marked increase in mobile broadband speeds. In Brasilia, for example, the average speed was 29 megabits per second. More recently, it exceeded 100 megabits per second,” said Leandro Guerra, president of the Entity Administrator of the Belt (EAF), and noted that “we will have great speed and low latency in our connection.”
In this summary of what has been done, Guerra also highlighted the process: “In the first phase, we reached 27 capitals, a feat that translates into serving 51 million residents or 24 percent of the population. When we look to the future, we feel much more confident and confident to take the next steps. In the second phase, the mission is to increase the perimeter by reaching 408 moons.Which means we’ll double the number of people who will have 5G at their disposal. And we are already looking at the third phase, which will be completed in June 2023, when 5G will be present in 1,099 cities, serving 67 percent of Brazilians.”
The presented use cases made it possible to see the potential of the prospects of 5G, for example, in terms of innovations in the management of government and justice; or to build smart cities.
An example was the virtual simulation of the environment of the physical unit of the Regional Labour Court of the XIV region, which also offers the opportunity to have an immersive experience, after hearings, to interact with other avatars, among other opportunities.
And, with regard to smart cities, the Initiative of the National Telecommunications Institute (Inatel), in partnership with the Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), IoT Pilots and Smart Cities, bring smart city projects to some municipalities with the aim of creating an initial sound and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure that facilitates public managers’ decisions in the use of resources.
However, the first two days of the event made it clear that it was time to switch to 5G in Brazil. In this sense, Moises Queiroz Moreira, President of the Intervention Monitoring Group (Gaispi), highlighted the path travelled: “We have already managed to implement the technology in all capitals. It was a very well done process because we didn’t have the opportunity to do the tests. We had to learn by pedaling a bike.”
“It will take time to balance the entire ecosystem, but the most important thing in 5G is the applications that will emerge, driving various disruptive technologies such as IoT and various solutions related to Industry 4.0,” Moreira said, and it’s easy to remember. warning Vinicius Oliveira Karama Guimarães, Superintendent of Anatel Grants: “There is a lack of a solution integrator”. The truth is that everything is built, and Brazil has experience in this.
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