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Brazil rejects pressure to ban Huawei 5G

Brasilia: Brazil will not accept any pressure from the US over whether to allow the Chinese company Huawei to bid for its 5G network, Marcos Pontes, the country’s minister for technology and communications, said.

“A good partner always understands the needs of the other,” Pontes said in an interview in his office in Brasilia. “Just as Brazil makes no claim over what business the US does with China and whether this affects or not our agribusiness”.

Pontes, who is Brazil’s first and only astronaut and also minister for science and innovation, is responsible for establishing the criteria for the construction of the latest generation of ultra-fast internet in the country of 280 million people. He said he would not veto any company from the bidding process and that the final decision would be based purely on merit.

Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology Marcos Cesar Pontes, left, with President Jair Bolsonaro, standing behind a cardboard cutout of a US astronaut, at the US Embassy celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk, in Brasilia, Brazil.

Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology Marcos Cesar Pontes, left, with President Jair Bolsonaro, standing behind a cardboard cutout of a US astronaut, at the US Embassy celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moonwalk, in Brasilia, Brazil. Credit:AP

“With technical criteria, it’s hard to see how some of these big companies won’t have the capacity to participate,” he said.

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