Sercomtel, a regional telecom operator in the state of Paraná, Brazil, Nokia, and Brazilian agricultural research corporation Embrapa have launched 5G connectivity pilot projects in Brazil to develop techn services for the agribusiness sector.
The project has the support of the State of Parana, as well as the federal ministries of communications and agriculture.
Sercomtel installed a 5G Standalone antenna at 3.5 GHz at the Embrapa-Soja unit, in Londrina (PR). The equipment will be from Nokia. Activation took place on August 12.
The event was part of a series of pilots developed in the country to demonstrate the potential application of 5G technology in urban and rural areas, said a press release.
Minister Tereza Cristina said that placing a 5G antenna in an important center. “In addition to serving Embrapa Soja, we consider Londrina to be a center for technological development through its innovation hub, more focused on startups. 5G will revolutionize Brazilian agro. We are going to democratize technology and innovation for all Brazilian states.”
According to the Minister of Communications Fábio Salustino, Brazil has 40 million people without internet. “Let's take the 5G first to those who don't have it. Any location above 600 inhabitants will receive internet and all cities above 30,000 inhabitants will receive 5G AS, which is the 5G that makes the internet of things. And with that, until July of next year, all capitals will receive the 5G AS”, he said.