In a live broadcast to Valor Econômico newspaper on Monday (08), Vivo CEO Christian Gebara commented on the difficulties of expanding the operator's coverage to peripheries.
For him, municipal laws make it difficult to improve mobile phone coverage in the peripheries. This is because today the country has more than 300 different laws when telecommunications companies install antennas in cities. Some require minimal width on the streets, which makes it difficult for communities and other regions with very high housing density to geographically.
Still for Gebara, the Porto Alegre legislation would be an "example" for other municipalities, since it removes some bureaucracies and facilitates the expansion of the network according to demand.
Another concern of Vivo's CEO expressed at live to the vehicle concerns the implementation of 5G networks in the country. He points out that the new technology will require infrastructure changes, which per table implies the installation of more antennas.
For him, if the country does not modernize after the pandemic, Brazil will be left behind in the 5G race. It is worth mentioning that our auction of the bands that will operate the technology has not yet happened.
Finally, it is worth remembering that telecommunications matters are a federal matter. Aiming to defragment so many specific local laws, in 2015 the federal government issued legislation to standardize the installation of antennas throughout the federal territory. While the matter was not addressed by the federal sphere, municipalities had the freedom to deal with the issue locally. With the competence of the topic returned, for hierarchical reasons the federal word would be valid.
However, even with legislation created in 2015, the regulation that gives effectiveness and creates the tools for the operation of the new legal understanding was missing. It has been promised since 2019, and while it does not leave, cities continue to have the floor on the topic.
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