Market for 5G solutions in Brazil to reach BRL 101 billion
The Ministry of Economy has released a study on the topic
Published in 20/04/2022 - 09:00 By Felipe Pontes - Repórter da Agência Brasil - Brasília
The demand for 5G solutions for the most diverse areas of the economy has the potential to generate BRL 101 billion ($ 21.6 billion dollars) over the next decade for companies and startups in Brazil, a study released on Tuesday (April 19) by the Ministry of Economy reads.
The study also estimates that the potential benefit of 5G deployment for the Brazilian economy could reach BRL 590 billion ($ 126.2 billion dollars) over the next decade. The calculation takes into account productivity increases and cost reductions from the so-called Industry 4.0.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile and internet networks, whose speed is hundreds of times higher than the current fourth generation. With its implementation, countless possibilities are expected to be opened in areas such as artificial intelligence, data processing, augmented reality, and logistics, among others.
“The new technology will serve as a lever for several sectors,” Secretary of Productivity and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy Daniella Marques said.
The report on the projection for the software market and applications was produced by Deloitte consulting company, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
“We are behind developed countries, but we realize we have good chances to make a fast progress with 5G, especially in software and application development,” managing partner and head of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Area at Deloitte Brasil Maria Ogawa noted.
The report suggests 96 recommendations for public policies on eight fronts, so that the potential for generating wealth is achieved, and points out the challenges along the way.
The report recommends, for example, the creation of special economic zones focused on 5G technology, tax exemptions for the purchase of equipment for emulating 5G networks and the offer of tax benefits for multinational companies to implement strategic operations in the country, transmitting technology.
The low availability of resources to foster the national ecosystem around 5G, the lack of qualified labor (programmers and developers) and the insufficiency of environments that emulate 5G and allow the testing of solutions are among the main problems pointed out in the report.
“We are talking about a capital-intensive industry, and obviously all this investment is not cheap,” said Alberto Boaventura, senior strategy manager at Deloitte Brasil and one of the report´s co-writers. “It´s necessary to keep breaking down these barriers to financial and tax support,” he added.
Translation: Mário Nunes - Edition: Fernando Fraga