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SP government tries to standardize legislation on antennas in municipalities in the face of 5G


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The government of São Paulo sent this Tuesday (16) a bill to the Legislative Assembly in order to standardize the situation of antennas in municipalities, a requirement for the arrival of 5G.

In an event with an orchestra at Palácio Bandeirantes, the government of João Doria (PSDB) brought together mayors and companies to talk about the importance of standardizing legislation.

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“We wasted time with sterile and inappropriate discussions. We are two years late [com o 5G]”, said Doria.

The government also launched a credit line of BRL 3 million to support the first 200 municipalities that regularize their legislation, which would give BRL 15,000 per city.

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The government estimated that the 5G would move R$ 266 billion by 2025, with applications in sectors such as infrastructure, social areas and agribusiness. The projection is based on sectorial and Abrintel data.

“There are many municipalities where we need to get 4G before 5G,” said Patricia Ellen, Secretary for Economic Development.

To correct the current 4G coverage gap, Ellen says it would be necessary to triple the number of antennas.

A sheet had access to the project called Conecta SP. The text says that the state of São Paulo must indicate to the municipalities a basic text for a bill that “deals with the occupation and use of land in the implementation of telecommunications support infrastructure”, such as towers, tops of buildings and urban furniture.

Thus, it tends to induce other municipalities, such as the capital of São Paulo, to adopt the same standards.

The project advocates “encouraging the modernization of local laws that deal with the implementation of telecommunications infrastructure to allow for the technological update of the network”.

5G technology requires more antennas to provide services, which is uneven in cities like São Paulo, with few antennas and fiber optic networks in outlying and populated neighborhoods.

The 5G auction, held by the federal government on November 5, determined that winning operators of the main lots will deploy the technology in capital cities by July 2022. The wide coverage of municipal 5G is expected to take more than eight years.

São Paulo is not yet able to receive the 5G because it does not have high adherence to the General Antenna Law, shows a survey by Conexis, the union that brings together the largest operators in Brazil.

Only Boa Vista, Brasília, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Palmas, Porto Alegre and Porto Velho would be in compliance. The survey highlights, however, that the capital of São Paulo is working on new legislation adhering to national law.

Among the items considered relevant for the implementation of 5G by Conexis are a period of 60 days to issue any license, regulation and inspection for limits on human exposure to non-ionizing radiation under the competence of Anatel, not the municipality, and exemption from licensing for infrastructure of small size.

A bill that updates the rules for installing antennas in the city is being processed at the City Council. The project defines priority areas in the city for the installation of antennas and opens the possibility for installation without licensing in these places.

Mini ERBs and mobile ERBs (base stations) are also exempt from licensing.


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