Brazil’s new 5G contracts to revolutionize urban mobility


Following the award of contracts in the 3.5 GHz band in early November for the implementation of 5G service in Brazil, the largest country in Latin America is expected to open a new era of digitization in 2022 that will revolutionize communications, logistics, transport and urban mobility.

According to the contracts, 5G – which goes from twice to almost 100 times faster than 4G depending on the network – must be available in all capitals by July 2022, bringing several advantages to the Internet of Things and a multitude of vehicle and mobility applications. .

In addition to providing a faster and more stable Internet for devices and ensuring more reliability and security for communications and remote operations, the faster connections will support the integration of intelligent traffic lights and traffic lights. ‘other sensors for large-scale traffic monitoring and will improve communication between vehicles for accident prevention and navigation.

The use of autonomous vehicles as well as the integration of augmented reality features for the driver and pedestrians will also be facilitated thanks to low latency. Besides vehicle fleets, subways, trains and bus lines are likely to soon benefit from newly implemented technologies such as artificial intelligence and others.

While progress is expected, keep in mind that this cannot be accomplished without the continued support of forward-thinking governments and private sector projects. Fortunately, many automakers are already ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing vehicle connectivity and the early stages of autonomous technologies.

“Cooperation will be a crucial success factor in the evolution of the autonomous vehicle market as cities launch test projects one after another … collaboration is essential to take advantage of the specialization of each market player. autonomous vehicles in order to overcome complexity, ”Frost & Sullivan New Mobility said director Shwetha Surender at the Global Fleet Conference 2021.

Backed by General Motors, the autonomous driving company Cruise plans to launch an autonomous electric vehicle (EV) taxi service in California in the near future, an idea that could come to Brazil in the months and years to come.

Impacts of 5G on urban mobility

• implementation of intelligent traffic lighting
• provide energy saving solutions
• reduce traffic jams
• optimization of waiting times for public transport
• facilitate universal access to the Internet in public transport
• speed monitoring and control

On November 4, Brazilian telecommunications regulator Anatel awarded 3.5 GHz band contracts for 5G service to the country’s three main mobile operators. Claro won lot B1 for 338 million reais (5.18% premium), Vivo won lot B2 for 420 million reais (+ 30.7%) and Tim won lot B3 for 351 million reais (+ 9.22%). Lot B4 has not been awarded.

For more on what’s happening in terms of fleet and mobility in Latin America, check out our video playlist of what happened at the last Fleet Latam Conference in September.


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