Huawei hired the former president of the Republic of Brazil, Michel Temer, as advisor and legal advisor for the implementation of 5G networks in the region. Chinese technology wants to assert itself as one of the main responsible for the fifth generation mobile networks and mark its presence in the large Brazilian market.
The vice president of Brazil between 2011 and 2016 and later President of the Republic between August 2016 and January 2019, will be crucial for the understanding between the executive led by Jair Bolsonaro and Huawei in the preamble of the 5G auction for the country.
Michel Temer will intervene in favor of Huawei with the Brazilian parliament
The auction of fifth generation mobile network frequencies in Brazil has been postponed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was scheduled for March 2020, but due to emerging complications, it was postponed to the first quarter of 2021.
However, Huawei has faced severe restrictions on its performance in several markets such as the mobile, but above all in the telecommunications network and infrastructure market.
The US pressured Brazil to ban Huawei
The Chinese took the risk of being banned from Brazil after the Trump administration put pressure on the Brazilian executive, according to the Reuters Agency. Later confirmed by the current vice president of Brazil, Hamilton Mourão.
Now, Huawei uses the former executive leader to strengthen its position in the country. Michel Temer is also a professor of constitutional law and a lawyer. Recently, Temer received a vote of confidence from Jair Bolsonaro to represent the country on his visit to Lebanon, in the aftermath of the explosions that shook that nation.
On the other hand, Temer was cited in corruption and other complaints against him, not being a neutral actor, or exempt in the Brazilian political scene. Now, however, it has also gained the confidence of Huawei, which has high hopes for itself.
Huawei has seen its efforts in the 5G network market severely conditioned by the sanctions and blockages imposed by the Trump administration. In Brazil, however, the executive refused interference by the USA and did not close the door on Huawei.
We recall that the USA prevented TSMC, one of the world’s largest chip and semiconductor manufacturers, from supplying Huawei’s Kirin processors, depriving it, in practice, of essential components for operation in the market mobile.
At stake is the 5G auction in Brazil
Now, Huawei is turning to Brazil as one of the last oases where it has not been barred from entering the 5G network market. More recently, the company participated by videoconference in a meeting with the Minister of Communications of Brazil on January 13, together with the presidents of the five largest operators in the country.
Michel Temer is now Huawei’s best chance to bid for the 5G auction in Brazil. The ex-president will intervene in his favor in the commissions created by the Brazilian parliament to deliberate on the topic.
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