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Brazil’s Oi to test 5G in Rio music festival, with Huawei’s gear

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA is in the image of the interior of a store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 18, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – brazilian telecom carrier Oi SA is in the preparation of testing of fifth-generation wireless networks (5G), during the Rock in Rio music festival, in the use of equipment from China’s Huawei Technology Co Ltd’s [HWT.UL], the conduct of one of the largest trials of the technology in the country.

According to the Works, and 5G will be used for the entire event, the staff in the live coverage of points of interest, while the general public will be able to test the technology and the equipment, which will be made available at the event.

“The City of the Rock, such as the location of the event is known, it is expected to attract around 100,000 people per day, with a number of local and international bands such as Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and The Black Eyed Peas,” the company added.

“We have proposed that in order to Rock in Rio for the deployment of 5G, in order to transform the event in the first city to be connected by means of the technology, and” Oi’s ceo, José Claúdio Moreira Gonçalves, said in a statement.

The company, Brazil’s largest landline carrier, they started the 5 G test in March, when it also teamed up with Huawei in order to try out the technology in Búzios, a beautiful city in the state of Rio de Janeiro, brazil.

Since the bankruptcy protection in June of 2016, and to restructure 65 billion reais in debt, it Works, it is aimed at reviving the mobile business, the customer base has shrunk by more than 20 per cent to 35 million, according to its most recent earnings.

In the United States, it has been claimed Huawei’s equipment could be used by Beijing for spying, which is the Chinese firm has repeatedly denied. U.S. companies are barred from using some of the equipment, and Washington has been putting pressure on other countries to follow suit.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Sandra Maler

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