The coverage radius is now expected to expand. According to Anatel rules, service providers have until November 28 to complete the overall capital structure for service activation. The operators responsible for the service, Claro, TIM and Vivo, presented to TRIBUNA DO NORTE their expectations regarding the implementation of the technology in RN and its expansion in the coming months.
In an interview with TRIBUNA DO NORTE, Clar’s regional director, André Peixoto, clarified that there is a plan for 5G coverage in Natal and that the structure to provide the service is ready. “The system is ready, we have already tested it and made the necessary final adjustments to already offer 5G speed. So we have already experienced high speeds, in Natal, but still on a test basis, doing some corners. However, it will officially start airing on Monday,” explained the director.
Karina Tenório, Viva’s regional director, said the company is already working to expand the 5G signal to other areas of the city. “Vivo’s 5G is available to all customers of the company. To access it, you need to have a compatible device – Vivo has 50 models in its portfolio – and be within the coverage area, with no additional cost to access,” said the director. Currently, Vivo has around three million customers (B2C) with 5G compatible devices across the country.
“Vivo started activation at the beginning of December last year, after being the company that won the most frequencies during the Anatel auction – whose total investment was R$ 4.5 billion (including about R$ 3.5 billion of financial contributions to the EAF and EACE to fulfill obligations) – use of the 2.3 GHz band in some capital cities. “From the beginning of July, we started to activate our network on the 3.5 GHz frequency, in the main cities, using NSA and SA technologies,” she said.
Natal, Recife and Fortaleza will receive 5G from the capitals of the Northeast starting this Monday. The sequence was defined by Anatel. “We have been planning this for some time, but we are following the schedule of cities according to Anatel,” explained Claro’s regional director, André Peixoto. The cities of Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Goiânia, João Pessoa, Palmas, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo and Vitória already have stations of this technology in operation.
The official release for the activation of stations with 5G technology was approved on Thursday (1st) by the Supervisory Group for the Implementation of Solutions for Interference Problems in the Band 3625 to 3700 MHz (Gaispi), National Telecommunications (Anatel).
The fifth generation of mobile internet is already offered by some operators, but it is used in 4G frequencies and 5G antennas, not characterizing it as pure 5G. The new tool offers an average speed of 1 Gigabit (Gbps), ten times higher than a 4G signal, with the possibility of reaching up to 20 Gbps. In addition, the signal has a lower latency (delay) in data transmission. “The higher the speed, the lower the delay in transmission, so you can make more applications, you can deliver more content, you can provide better experiences and that’s what 5G will do in practice,” said André Peixoto.
With the arrival of 5G, Natal will be on the map of technological progress. In total, by the end of this stage, the maximum deadline of which is November 28, there will be at least 33 stations with fifth generation Internet in the capital. In addition, says the director, “the new tool will bring improvements in the sectors of industry, agribusiness, healthcare, retail, finance and smart cities”.
The arrival of 5G broadens the country’s horizons
5G will use fiber optic cables and antennas to transmit signals. The model is almost 100 times faster than 4G. In this way, the new technology will make it possible to connect devices and equipment such as household appliances and cars to the Internet, expanding automation in various sectors, such as industry and even medical care.
“The arrival of this generation in the most diverse segments of the economy and generally doing everything for Industry 4.0, science, agriculture, entertainment, utilities, logistics, will go through a much faster digitization process, perhaps never seen before. And 5G favors the creation of new solutions to transform the way companies and public institutions work,” said Gomes.
According to the 5G auction notice, operators are following the decision to install an antenna for every 100,000 inhabitants. By the end of the implementation of the project, in 2029, which is Anatel’s deadline, it is expected that the fifth generation Internet will reach municipalities with less than 30 thousand inhabitants.
5G is driving the used mobile phone market
Used mobile phones are gaining more and more space in 2022, driven by the desire for a device compatible with the new 5G Internet and the decrease in the purchasing power of Brazilians who are looking for alternatives to smartphones whose price starts from R$ 1 thousand and can reach R$ 15.5 thousand. The cheapest 5G phones on the market today are the Samsung Galaxy M23 and the Xiaomi Redmi 9, which sell for up to R$1,500. You can find 5G devices from R$650 on used websites, such as the Motorola Moto G 5G.
The average price of the mobile phone category in Brazil was R$1,845.25 in 2021, an increase of 19.51% compared to 2020, according to consultancy IDC.
Of the more than 40,000 mobile listings on OLX’s sales platform, half are already 5G-compatible smartphones. According to Regina Botter, CEO of OLX, typically the price of a used cell phone on the company’s digital platform can be up to 38% lower than the price of a new one. “An item can have three or four lifetimes. Our consumers have an average of R$ 4 thousand in products that they no longer use and can be sold as used. extra money for those who have something to sell,” he says.
Reinaldo Sakis, head of market research at IDC, says that in addition to the interest in finding a device compatible with the new mobile Internet network, Brazilians need to spend less, which leads to the search for used mobile phones. “The growing trend in the sale of used cell phones has to do with the national moment. Brazilians do not have enough income to buy a new smartphone, but it is a necessary product,” says Sakis. According to research by IDC, the revenue of the used smartphone market in Brazil is estimated at R$ 2.8 billion in 2021, with an expectation to reach R$ 5 billion in 2024.
Listed on B3, the Brazilian stock exchange, Allied Tecnologia, which operates in the distribution of electronics in the country, notes that the average spending on the purchase of devices increased from R$ 506 in the second quarter of 2021 to R$ 750 in 2022.
At the end of last year, the company announced the acquisition of Brused, which buys and sells used iPhones. In June, the company launched a new e-commerce portal, Trocafy, where it will sell products of all brands.
Like Trocafy, Trocafone buys mobile phones and refurbishes them to resell with a quality certificate and warranty.
“We have already gone through the migration to 4G in the past. What is happening in these changes is that most operators want to migrate their customer base to the new technology.
This increases the number of used devices in inventory,” says Guille Freire, the company’s co-founder and CEO. (AE)
List of neighborhoods that will receive 5G:
Lagoa Nova (TIM, CLARO and VIVO)
New Discovery (TIM)
Tyrol (TIM, CLARO and VIVO)
Petropolis (TIM E CLARO)
Capim Macio (TIM)
Ponta Negra (TIM and VIVO)
Rosemary (TIM AND CLARO)
Lagoa Seca (TEAM and LIVE)
Mother Luiza (TIM)
red clay (TIM)
Upper town (CLEAN)
Turn on the TV
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