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Brazilian Post readies mobile device deployment

All delivery staff will be equipped with smartphones

The Brazilian Post, Correios, is preparing a large deployment of mobile devices to nearly 60.000 staff nationwide.

Correios will be launching a procurement exercise that will resume the smartphone rollout that started back in 2013 to parcel delivery staff.

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With the new deployment, 58.679 devices will be purchased to be used by all postal delivery personnel and the government-owned postal service expects to spend R$63.9m ($16.3m) in the hardware purchase alone.

The devices that are already in use by parcel delivery staff at the Brazilian Post are supplied by Claro/Embratel, companies owned by Mexican telco giant América Móvil.

The requirements for the devices are rather basic: the smartphones should be Android-based (version 4.3 and up), with 4,3-inch screens at least, 3G connectivity, 1GB RAM and internal memory of 8GB, as well as USB ports Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi capability.

According to the tender, products manufactured in Brazil will take preference, according to the Informatics Law.