Rio de Janeiro prepares to receive 5G technology | Economy

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Published 07/17/2022 05:00 | Updated 07/17/2022 12:07

5G is the new update for mobile networks that will replace 4G and change the way you browse the internet. Brazil already has the technology in Brasília and the forecast for coverage to reach Rio de Janeiro follows the official schedule of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). According to the federal government, operators operating in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro need to make the 5G signal available by September 29 this year. The date also applies to all Brazilian capitals. The promise is to take mobile broadband to very high speed and connection standards.

So that the new system can be used at its maximum capacity, Anatel will release the use of 5G in the 3.5 GHz band, in a staggered manner, and following an official schedule until full coverage in the country. According to the Ministry of Communications, the 5G operation will be staggered: in cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants until July 2025; with more than 200 thousand inhabitants, until July 2026; until July 2027 in municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants; and in 2029 in those with more than 30 thousand inhabitants (July) and with less than 30 thousand (December). Around 1,700 municipalities will not be served by December 2030.

According to Anatel, the focus goes beyond transmission rates, evolving from the “age of applications” to the implementation of data in sectors such as public safety, telemedicine, distance education, smart cities, industrial and agricultural automation. In practice, the expectation is to obtain more efficient and stable coverage, with higher data transfer rates and more simultaneous connections. Even with the arrival of 5G, current cell phones will continue with 4G, 3G and 2G networks and will not stop working.


Despite the promise of modernity, the new technology demands up to ten times the number of antennas installed today, due to the exponential increase in the volume of data that will be transmitted. Therefore, the legislation of the municipalities must adapt so that each city receives the 5G signal with full coverage.

The General Antenna Law (Law No. 13,116/2015) and Decree No. 10,480/2020 already allow the implementation of the new technology to occur in all capitals and municipalities. Furthermore, in early July, the Senate passed legislation authorizing the installation of telecommunications infrastructure in urban areas when the competent body does not meet the deadline for licensing, known as “positive silence”.

The Communications Ministry says it has been working to get municipalities to reduce barriers to installing the infrastructure necessary to offer 5G. The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) provides a page to support municipal managers and legislators with data, information and a draft bill that serves as a basis for updating its regulations.

Even with the adaptation of the new antennas, the use of 5G will only be available on some devices. To take advantage of the opportunity, telephone operators are already announcing smartphone promotions, in addition to cheaper plans. TIM, for example, has invested in offers with manufacturers, associated with the operator’s plans, so that the devices come out at a lower price, if the customer opts for the plans offered.

“Today, about 70% of the models available at TIM for sale already support the 5G network, 14 of which are compatible with 5G Standalone technology, pure 5G: Samsung: Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Fold 3, Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy A73 5G, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra Motorola: Moto G200, Edge 20, Edge 30, Edge 30 Pro, Moto G82,” the company said.

Vivo highlighted that, on the 6th, it started activating its 5G network in the 3.5GHz band in Brasília, according to the schedule and guidelines of the Monitoring Group for the Implementation of Solutions for Interference Problems in the 3,625 band. at 3,700 MHz (Gaisippi). The group, together with Anatel, is responsible for releasing the use of this frequency.

The operator informs that the entire infrastructure set up will allow the network to have speeds similar to the traffic registered in fixed fiber accesses. To use Vivo’s 5G, all you need is a mobile plan from the operator and a device compatible with the technology. Customers with a 4G chip already have access to 5G, with no need to change the contract. In regions with coverage, the connection will be automatic and thus the 5G icon will appear on the device’s screen. In all, there are 47 approved devices compatible with frequencies of 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz.

Claro will also not change the customer’s contract for the adoption of 5G. Any consumer with an active plan, compatible device and in an area covered by the technology can access the technology without having to change plans or SIM cards.

“Currently, 70% of the devices sold by Claro are compatible with 5G+. And, as it took the lead in offering 5G DSS, Claro currently has more than 2 million compatible smartphones in operation, which represents 4% of its base, leading the adoption of the technology in the country in terms of volume of devices, according to information provided by Anatel”, said the operator in a note.

When questioned, Oi did not respond to the report.


The cheapest Samsung devices that are compatible with 5G technology are the Galaxy M23 128GB Blue 5G, which costs R$1,529.10, at Magazine Luiza, Pontofrio and Casas Bahia. A high-end model like the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G S costs BRL 5,999.00.

Motorola has the Moto G50 that costs R$1,424.05 at Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio. At Magazine Luiza, the price found was R$ 1,600. For consumers who need a device with more features, there is the option of the Motorola Edge 30 Pro, sold for R$ 3,599.10, at Magazine Luiza, R$ 2,417.07, at Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio.

Apple has 5G technology in devices launched from the iPhone 12, which can be found on the market for R$4,477. The brand’s newest launch is version 13 of the smartphone, which costs R$5,999.00 at Magazine Luiza, R$5,545.06 at Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio.

The 11 Lite 5G model, from the Chinese Xiaomi, is found for R$ 3,438.26 at Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio. At Magazine Luiza, the device costs R$ 3,999.00.

The ASUS Zenfone 8 is sold at Casas Bahia and Ponto Frio for R$4,299.00. At Magazine Luiza, the device costs R$ 3,849.00.

Check out the devices that have the new technology:


Moto G 5G
Moto G 5G PLUS
Moto G 50
Moto G100
Moto G200
Moto G71 5G
Moto G62 5G
Moto G82 5G
Motorola Edge
Motorola Edge plus
Motorola Edge 20 Lite
Motorola Edge 20
Motorola Edge 20 Pro
Motorola Edge 30
Motorola Edge 30 Pro


iPhone 12 (all versions)
iPhone 13 (all versions)
iPhone SE New


S21 5G
S21+ 5G (128)
S21+ 5G (256)
S21 Ultra 5G (256)
S21 Ultra 5G (512)
A32 5G
A52 5G
M52 5G
A52s 5G
Z Fold3 5G 256GB
Z Fold3 5G 512GB
Z Flip3 5G 128GB
Z Flip3 5G 256GB
Z Flip3 5G 128GB (new)
Z Flip3 5G 256GB (new)
S21 FE 5G 128GB
A52s 5G (new)
S22 Ultra 5G (256GB)
S22 Ultra 5G (512GB)
S22+ 5G (128GB)
S22+ 5G (256GB)
S22 5G (128GB)
S22 5G (256GB)
A53 5G
A33 5G
S20 FE 5G
A22 5G
A73 5G
M23 5G
M53 5G
S21 FE 5G EE
A33 5G EE
S22 5G EE
M33 5G
A13 5G


Mi 11 Lite 5G
Xiaomi 12
Xiaomi 12 Lite (not yet officially released)
POCO M3 Pro 5G
POCO M4 Pro 5G
POCO X4 Pro 5G
Redmi Note 10 5G
Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

other models

ASUS Zenfone 8
ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip
ASUS ROG Phone 5
ASUS ROG Phone 5s
Infinix Zero 5G
Legion Phone Duel
Nokia G50
really GT Master
really GT 2 Pro
really 9 pro plus
TCL 20 Pro 5G