Nokia says Brazil’s 5G auction is to be the world’s largest

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia Oyj is expected that Brazil will host the world’s biggest auction of the fifth-generation (5G) spectrum next year, a senior executive told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: the Flags with the Nokia logo flutter at the head office of the company in Espoo, Finland, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

After the cooperation with the Uruguayan state-run carrier is Antel deploy the first 5G network in the Latin America region, Nokia, all eyes are on Brazil, the largest market in the region.

“We have the political will to carry out a broad-based spectrum auction in the first quarter of 2020. I think that it is possible to say that the big christmas in Brazil next year, it will probably be a 5G phone,” Wilson Cardoso, Nokia’s chief technology officer in the Latin America region, said in an interview published on Monday.

Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel is the determination of the rules for the auction, and following the ruling in May, in both the 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies that are assigned to the 5G. Other groups, such as the 26 GHz band and 700 MHz), which is the support for ultra-reliable and low-latency communication, suitable for industrial use, may also be added in the same auction are planned for March 2020, according to the agency.

If all four of these are being auctioned together, Cardoso has been added, it will be the world’s largest spectrum auction for 5G.

“The jewels in the crown are sure to 26GHz, and 700 mhz, but it’s more of a spectrum is available, the lower the price of speculation among the media,” he said.

Nokia has launched the test of the 5G technology in Brazil, in February 2018, with TIM icipacoes SA, the local subsidiary of Telecom Italia SpA. Cardoso said that the Finnish company has also carried out tests with other carriers but declined to name them as the projects are confidential.

Such as sweden’s Ericsson and China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Nokia is also working with Anatel in advance of the projected sale, he added.

Asked if spying on the concerns expressed by the US President, when He, the administration, against the arch-rival Huawei has benefited from Nokia’s businesses in Brazil or elsewhere, ” Cardoso said that the Finnish company is “taking advantage of every opportunity.”

“We are a Western alternative to Huawei’s products and their competitor’s, and our end-to-end, the portfolios are quite compatible,” he said.

Nokia announced that it has signed 45 commercial contracts in over 30 countries, providing equipment for 5G networks, the company said in an e-mail, noting that the networks that are already covered by 10 contracts. Last year, more than 20% of its turnover in research and development, including 5G.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Richard Chang

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