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Futurecom roundup: Google edge in LatAm telco, 5G for MVNOs and more

Bnamericas Published: Friday, October 21, 2022
Futurecom roundup: Google edge in LatAm telco, 5G for MVNOs and more

Google is deploying its edge platform in a major Latin American telco, while negotiations advance with other carriers across the region, Alexander Linhares, head of sales for telecoms and media at Google Cloud in Brazil, told BNamericas.

Google’s edge is claimed to benefit telcos both internally, with cost reductions and network functions, and externally, through a platform that allows the development of new products and the generation of new revenue streams, said Linhares, speaking to BNamericas on the sidelines of the Futurecom event in São Paulo.

“With the business case that we're creating, the edge has the possibility to be a platform to build the network in a more efficient way than was done before, and also to have the possibility to enable the creation of new products," he said.

All ongoing conversations with operators in Latin America revolve around this hybrid business proposition, according to the executive, although there are no pilots yet underway.

“But it's a next step. We've already validated the business cases and implementations should happen soon, starting with Brazil. I expected to announce something here at Futurecom.”

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Brazilian telecoms solutions provider Telecall announced at the event that it became the first mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) – or enabler (MVNE) – in Brazil to support virtual operators (MVNOs) in offering 5G to their subscribers.

“Telecall has a network core that enables 5G for Telecall MVNOs and for other companies that have purchased a 5G license but don't have their own core [equipment]. We can be the solution for new entrant operators,” Bruno Ajuz, CMO of Telecall, said in a statement.

The company has an authorized MVNO license from Anatel and uses the Telefônica Brasil network.

As part of a separate project, Telecall was the company responsible for implementing TIM's 5G infrastructure at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. According to TIM, 17 antennas are being installed to allow fans to browse internet at speeds up to a hundred times faster than the current 4G.

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Despite issues such as good user experience already provided by 4G and macroeconomic factors hurting consumption, Ericsson claims that nearly 70% of mobile users in Brazil plan to upgrade their devices to 5G within the next 12 months.

That's according to a new survey by Ericsson's ConsumerLab, whose insights were announced during the event.

Ericsson also said in its report that six out of 10 mobile users in Brazil want features tailored to the specific needs of 5G plans.

Furthermore, claimed the provider, 32% of early 5G users in the major cities around the country where the pure 5G is now active perceive when they are connected to the new technology more than 50% of the time.

The company urges operators to drive 5G adoption through rapid rollout and offering more 5G phone options for early adopters.

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Chinese IoT solutions provider Quectel Wireless Solutions intends to grow in Brazil by offering Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS).

The modality, which the company claims to be a novelty in the country, allows companies to accelerate time-to-market and optimize commercial efficiency through the use of a single supplier for module, antenna and connectivity items.

With this, "companies can have more control and reliability in processes that demand high-performance connectivity," Quectel said in a statement The solution was showcased at Futurecom and is available for the market.

According to Quectel, its connectivity service is present in more than 190 countries and approximately 500 network operators and currently provides 2G, 3G, 4G, NB-IoT and Cat-M connections. 

In Brazil since 2018, with domestic production in Manaus, the company said that it took part in the discussions and definitions of 5G standards in the country. Shanghai-based Quectel claims to serve around 7,000 customers globally.

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