The year has just begun and it already promises to be once again a period of great heroism for the telecom industry. As in 2022, the big driver should be 5G. The new technology is available in all Brazilian capitals and operators have done their part.
ANDOn average, three times more antennas than expected were installed during this first phase of the obligations outlined in the tender notice. Anatel’s next target is 5G installation in cities with a population of over 500 thousand, but this installation can be realized by July 2025.
The industry is interested in moving this operation forward, but has difficulties with municipal legislation, making it very difficult to install antennas.
Only 2% of Brazilian cities have adequate rules for implementing infrastructure.
One of the most symbolic examples is that of Goiás: No city’s rules are fully bound, although there is a state law that encourages municipalities to update their legislation.
The year will certainly bring other significant challenges. The world economy, which continues to feel the effects of the long years of the pandemic, in particular. In addition to the war on the European continent, there are still concerns about inflation and high interest rates in the relevant markets.
Internally, there are still uncertainties about how technical and economic issues will be addressed. But there is no doubt Tax Reform should be one of the priorities for 2023 Broad considering PIS, Cofins, ICMS, ISS and IPI. Telecom sector in Brazil is subject to one of the highest tax burdens in the world.
As evidenced, especially during quarantineconnectivity has become the basis for the development of almost all economic segments.
Despite this increased consumption of the population, there is still a huge digital gap in the country. The industry has concrete proposals for solving this problem and helping the most disadvantaged groups. These include the creation of a program to connect low-income families with direct subsidies to facilitate access to the Internet and devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Another measure that can help reduce telecommunication costs is the sharing of poles. With current infrastructure lease rules, connection consumers pay some form of subsidy to energy consumers.
As you can see, 2023 will bring connectivity to the fore again. Aware of the challenges, operators should keep their investments at very high levels, around R$35 billion. Progress is expected in the points highlighted above so that more Brazilians can take full advantage of technology as soon as possible.
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Source: Tec Mundo
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