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Anatel president says that isolation increased the use of broadband and admits ...

Broadband traffic in Brazil has grown between 40% and 50% amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Leonardo Euler de Morais, president of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) on Friday (22).

Morais also admitted, for the first time, that social distance measures to contain the pandemic could delay the auction schedule for 5G frequencies.

Even before Covid-19, the long-awaited auction of the 5G spectrum had been postponed in relation to the initially scheduled date of March 2020, given the need to better investigate possible interference with other signals.

In late March, Anatel indefinitely suspended field tests for the 3.5 GHz frequency, although other technical simulations with computers are still in progress.

"The pandemic certainly has some impact on the timeline and on the 5G supply chain itself in the short term. This is inexorable," said Morais, in an online conference.

"In the long run, however, it encourages 5G, fiber expansion and telecommunications infrastructure as it tests the importance of digital solutions to address the crisis," he added.

Morais' comments signal a slight change in Anatel's speech since the beginning of April, when the agency insisted on the possibility of holding the 5G auction in late 2020, classifying discussions about a new postponement as "premature".

He also praised the telephone operators for maintaining the quality of the service provided even with the increase in data traffic during the pandemic, as well as efforts to expand the FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) fiber network, which Morais sees it as a crucial step before the arrival of 5G technology.

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Infographic explains what 5G is – Photo: Fernanda Garrafiel / G1

Infographic explains what 5G is – Photo: Fernanda Garrafiel / G1

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