Ericsson to bring 5G to Brazil in 2016

The project will be carried out in partnership with Mexican telco giant América Móvil

Telecommunications firm Ericsson will be bringing 5G technology to Brazil in partnership with Mexican telco giant América Móvil in 2016.

The project was announced at the Swedish company's headquarters earlier this week during a visit of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. The idea is to initially research how 5G networks will be used by consumers and corporates, with a view of having a commercial offering available by 2020.

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The number of Internet-connected devices will see an annual increase of 30 percent to 4.9 billion in 2015, with that number going up to 25 billion by 2020, according to data by analyst firm Gartner. But there are challenges in the Internet of Things (IoT) field, such as the cost of devices, as well as improving network connectivity and battery life.

Ericsson and América Móvil - owner of Embratel, Claro and Net, all key Brazilian players in the telecommunications space - will be studying these IoT challenges in Brazil, with specific focus on the development of devices with limited battery usage for remote regions.

The Swedish firm has been working with the academia and the industry to develop new technology products and services based on 5G standards and has fifth generation network projects in various countries including the United States and Australia, where it partnered with Telstra to test 5G, within the same timescales it has committed to in Brazil.