The GSMA has released the document “The Road to a Digital Brazil. Agenda for 2023-2026”, which consists of a series of ICT public policy recommendations addressed to candidates running for President on the next day October 2. The association reiterates the importance of continuing and capitalizing on the successes of the sectoral policy in recent years: of the 14 proposals presented in the 2018 edition of the document, 10 were partially or fully met.
The holding of a 5G auction in a non-collection format, approval of the positive silence for the installation of infrastructure and the recent reduction of ICMS for telecom are some of the most notable successes. Looking over the next four years, the document focuses on accelerating digital transformation to consolidate the role of Industry 4.0 in the Brazilian economy. 5G could provide an annual benefit of BRL 590 billion(US$112.63million), according to a study by the Ministry of Economy.
The GSMA’s proposals for the next Brazilian government comprise four areas of action:
Future-proof regulation. Modern regulation needs to take into account the challenging dynamism of the digital ecosystem, ensure symmetry of rules for the entire segment of the internet value chain and be proportionate in its cost-effectiveness.
Tax rationalization. The total mobile acquisition cost (TCMO) as a proportion of monthly income for the two lowest income quintiles in Brazil is 10 per cent, well above the United Nations (UN) benchmark target of two per cent. A tax reform should lower the barrier to affordability for new users, and also reduce sectoral charges, in order to encourage investment by operators.
Network development. Reducing bureaucratic barriers for the deployment of infrastructure in accordance with the antenna law is essential to pave the way for 5G, in addition to guaranteeing the security of the contributions made in the last auction. More than that, it is recommended to structure a public security policy to mitigate theft and theft of telecommunications equipment and plan actions to reduce the digital gap using the resources of the Fund for Universalization of Telecommunications Services (FUST)
5G: enabling and expanding productivity. With a projected adoption of 26 per cent by 2026, Brazil is expected to be the 5G leader in the region. To explore the productivity contribution of technology in the business segment, it is essential to work on training professionals to operate in the various verticals of the industry, such as mining and automotive, for example, and in other sectors, including agribusiness, medicine and education, among others. others. Developing talent to match new technological possibilities will increase the competitiveness of national industries.