5G technology enhances social inclusion to reduce the digital desert

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The telecom sector has played a vital role in the past three years as a technical ally to enable rapid and radical changes in new business and consumption models caused by the pandemic. The corporate world and society were already going through an accelerating digitization that required investments and quick responses by operators to meet the demands of advanced connectivity and ensure the continuity of the “everything remotely” scenario, preserving countless jobs and avoiding the impact of potential social disruption.

In Brazil, a country of continental proportions, we have always had the problem of how to bring communications to the most remote and hard-to-reach places and unite the less fortunate communities. Recently, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) released its new global connectivity goals which state that by 2030, all people over the age of 15 will have access to the Internet and a cell phone, that all schools and homes are connected, and that high bandwidth At least 10 Mbps. To achieve these ambitious global goals, the Brazilian ecosystem Telecom Company You will need to make a significant effort to invest in innovative technologies and adhere to the new public policies that are under discussion on how to serve remote areas, fringes, and vulnerable populations.

Then innovation emerged and fifth generation, the fifth generation of mobile internet technology, emerged as an option to respond to some of the major demands of society and help meet the challenge of limiting social inclusion and aligning and overcoming ITU goals.

It is estimated that 40 million Brazilians currently do not have access to the Internet, while in the United States, according to consulting BroadbandTrends, the number of broadband subscribers reached 135.5 million at the beginning of 2021, including 26.5 million subscribers in residential fiber-optic services (FTTH). )), 87.4 million cable broadband subscribers and more than 360 million 5G subscriptions expected in North America by 2026.

5G drives the modernization and growth of agribusiness

This data confirms how much of the digital desert in Brazil needs to be reduced in order to maintain the country’s sustainable growth. 5G may be an enabling technology to make fundamental changes to promote the development of key sectors of the economy, such as agribusiness, for example, which despite its importance in the economy, it is estimated that the Internet is still not present in more than 70% of rural properties. The application of 5G can benefit the field, as its advanced features of offering higher data transfer speed, lower latency and capacity of up to one million connected devices will allow a large number of devices, machines and drones to be operated through Internet connections. Things (Internet of Things). This revolution will create new job opportunities, work methods and specializations, increase the efficiency of the sector and help reduce existing social inequalities in rural communities.

There are currently active commercial 5G networks in 1,942 cities around the world and 72 countries with networks in operation at the end of January this year. Deployment of 5G coverage in Brazilian capitals is expected to accelerate through 2022 after Anatel’s public tender was approved in November last year. According to a study by the Ministry of Economy, public notification promotes social inclusion by prioritizing Internet access to the approximately 10,000 regions and villages that do not have access, allocating about 1.5 billion R$ for the digital development of the Amazon region and calculating that benefits The potential of 5G deployment for the Brazilian economy may reach 590 billion Brazilian reals over the next decade.

The installation of 5G in the country is certainly a top priority for operators in light of the business opportunities and significant growth that the technology will generate, especially for service providers and regional operators (ISPs). These companies should use networks Nucleus Operators to access the Internet and move them to less preferred areas. This positive movement in the sector will require the expansion and modernization of the existing network infrastructures and also the implementation of new infrastructures to accommodate the fifth generation, which opens an opportunity for companies specialized in the areas of integration and provision of information technology services, and the consequent generation of vacancies and improvement of the quality of life in the areas in which they operate This contributes to reducing the social gap in the country.

*About the author – Ari Montoya is the Commercial Director at Grupo Binário. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the views of TELETIME.

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