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5G internet will arrive in Natal until the end of August, according to forecasts made on Thursday (25th) by the Ministry of Communications and Anatel – the national communications agency. The deadline for the technology to reach all municipalities in Rio Grande do Norte is 2028.

At an event promoted by the state Federation of Industries to celebrate Industry Day, representatives of the federal government presented the changes that ordinary users and especially the productive sector will feel over the next few years. See more below.

The country is also beginning to prepare for the new possibilities offered by technology. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) has announced the creation of a center for the development of research and new products based on 5G.

The federal government’s public notification, which was auctioned in November of last year, expected the technology to reach the capitals by July, but deadlines have been extended due to limitations such as a lack of equipment to “clean the range” from 3.5. GHz signal. , which will be used by 5G.

This band is used for satellite television broadcasting. In order to avoid interference, the signal must be transmitted to another frequency band, and the 3.5GHz band will be exclusive to 5G.

“We believe that Rio Grande do Norte will be serviced very quickly, and at the latest, at the end of August, the city of Natal will already have service. But when we look at the state as a whole, about two hundred municipalities of Rio Grande do Norte, they will be serviced. for these municipalities by the end of 2028”, says Anatel consultant, Artur Coimbra de Oliveira.

Artur also highlighted the fact that the capital of Rio Grande do Norte has already passed a by-law on antenna regulation, which, he says, is still a limiting factor in other states.

The Secretary for National Communications at the Ministry of Communications, Natalia de Souza Lobo, indicated that the technology will also reach areas that had not been served until then through broadband internet.

He noted, “Brisanet, which won the 5G auction in this band, has an obligation to provide connectivity to 65 other sites here in the region that will also receive 5G or 4G networks. The sites that do not have broadband infrastructure yet.”

The event brought together entrepreneurs in Fiern – Photo: Igor Jácome / g1

What changes for the user

For Artur Coimbra, citizens must integrate 5G into their daily lives over the next few years and realize, above all, a more flexible Internet, allowing real-time data transmission.

“Most of the equipment today runs on 4G. So when people change their devices, they start to feel the difference, and it’s a very high speed, which we call tactile internet. Tap and wait for that thing to download. You tap and it (the document) appears as if it was inside your phone Cellular. A very high speed will enable a series of other applications such as the metaverse, virtual reality, and augmented reality, which thanks to 5G can be used anywhere,” he says.

According to Natalia Lobo, the speed with which it will be introduced will generate new solutions from a technological point of view.

“5G means the arrival of Rio Grande do Norte, plus very broadband, solutions with very low latency, ultra-fast responses, plus a lot of innovation and the ability to build new solutions. I feel a lot in everyday use, but it enables many solutions and digital transformation. It facilitates the operations of bots and the use of independent decision through artificial intelligence, as well as the cloud for data collection,” he said.

Asked if 5G access is cheaper for the population, the National Communications Minister stated that prices will be set by the companies themselves, and regulated by the market, but said that as technology advances, legacy services become more accessible.

“This means more competition. And it has the aspect of it being cheaper to make other services that are already available to the user today. So there is a counterpart out there as well in existing services,” he sees.

Industry changes

The speakers to Rio Grande do Norte were invited by an industry entity, and the speakers mainly talked about the changes 5G will bring to the sector – especially in sectors where the country stands out. See some examples:

textile sector: “You can put an IoT device inside the machines, and based on the differentiated vibration, you can perform preventive maintenance of the machines. They are highly sensitive sensors that are able to modernize all this manufacturing, optimizing resources in equipment maintenance, as well as reducing the workforce dedicated to certain activities”, example of Nathalia Lobo .

Fruit growth: “You can use drone mechanisms to be able to spray fertilizers, spray pesticides, to optimize costs and reduce food toxicity. There is a range of solutions that can be developed,” the Communications Minister noted.

“It also allows real-time communication with these independent sprayers, which can be identified by colouration, by specific characteristics of the farm, which lack nutrients in each area. This is immediately transmitted to the sprayer and then injected with those nutrients, Those fertilizers are in exactly the necessary quantity. This type of equipment is already in place, it is already working, and can save up to 90% of the resources spent on both fertilizers and pesticides”, explains Artur Coimbra.

energy production: “5G technology is applied to synchronize energy production with consumption. Today you have a lot of energy loss, which is energy that is generated, transmitted, but not consumed. Because it is not known in real time for sure how much energy is consumed in the energy consumption centers. Therefore, with the installation of 5G meters in homes or industries, in short, at points of connected consumers, you can know in a very short time how much energy you need to produce and deliver it. This then allows you to reduce losses and thus save hundreds of millions of reales lost every year in Brazil,” says Artur.

Federal government representatives also noted innovations in the areas of city management and resources such as water. According to him, the real-time Internet will facilitate the creation of solutions, including in the field of public safety, such as real-time monitoring of police operations.

UFRN announces a research center in the region

During the event on Thursday (25th), in Fiern, UFRN announced the creation of a research center to develop new products based on 5G.

According to Professor Augusto Neto, from the Department of Informatics and Applied Mathematics at UFRN, the planned investment is about R$60 million. The unit will be built in partnership with Lenovo.

“It is a hub for the advanced networking that UFRN is building alongside Lenovo, which brings the technologies they are developing and their 5G, which will be opened within UFRN, to develop new applications, improve networks, and develop new services for the community,” he said.

According to him, the center will have four main goals:

  • Contact guarantee offered by the company in UFRN
  • Allowing the development of new technologies
  • Employee training
  • Adoption of new fifth generation technologies

Construction of the center is expected to begin in August, and will be ready for 18 months. That the unit receives professors, researchers and students from technological fields at the university and other institutions.

New technology also enables the development of holography – something very common in science fiction films, but until years ago it was unimaginable for everyday use.

“We will bring in new technologies that also include holographic appeals, holograms that are in several sectors, including education, as well as cybersecurity and augmented reality,” says the professor.

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