Brazil continues to outline its short and long-term plans: at this time, the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) published its strategic plan for the next five years, which focuses on broadband access and various regulatory challenges and social, in order to “create the necessary conditions to expand connectivity and modernize the telecommunications infrastructure, in order to contribute to national development, the digitization of society and the reduction of social and regional inequalities”, such as its introduction it needs it.
The final purpose is ambitious, “to connect Brazil to improve the lives of its citizens” as specified by the regulator in this plan, which can be consulted here, and in which the role that connectivity and the “digital age” play in current societies is pointed out, for example, in relation to the development of economies, education, medicine, production systems, city management , the environment and natural resources. Yes, the look is holistic.
It is a five-year plan that was published in the country, a few days after the Digital Transformation Strategy until 2026 (E-Digital) was known, although Both strategies seem to indicate the same path. In this case, the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan proposes four objectives, among which are detailed the expectations linked to connectivity, the commitment to stimulate the market, the decision to promote digital transformation and to confirm that all these measures and efforts are translate into positive social impacts.
For example, this Strategic Plan plans to expand home broadband Internet access, from 74.68 percent to 91 percent. And when quality Internet reaches a home, other possibilities also arrive.
But, in addition to the objectives, there are goals for each of them. With regard to connectivity, for example, seven goals were established that underscore the need to expand 5G Standalone (SA) mobile telephony coverage, whose spectrum was tendered in November 2021 and which by 2027 aspires to reach 67 percent. cent of the population.
In turn, it plans to expand connectivity back haul of fiber optics of the current 83.97 percent to reach all Brazilian municipalities in 2027; and go from 13.63 percent to 50 percent in the cases of localities with more than 600 inhabitants, also by 2027.
But the plan also talks about the quality of the services: it plans to increase the average speed contracted in fixed broadband from 186.3 Mpbs to 1 Gbps by 2027; Drive compliance with contracted speed of excellence from 78.28 percent to 87 percent by 2027.
The user experience is also part of these goals and plans to increase the general satisfaction level of fixed broadband and mobile telephony consumers, to go from 6.9 percent currently to 7.5 in 2027 in the first case; and increase from 7.6 percent to 8.1 in 2027 in the second.
As expected, the plan goes beyond communications and focuses on issues related to infrastructure and quality, boosting the market, collaborating in the digitization and innovation of its populations, as well as offering guidelines to improve management with higher levels of transparency and it is proposed to incorporate regulatory innovation mechanisms such as the sandbox.
As regards infrastructure, for example, it is proposed to facilitate physical access and the quality of services; guarantee compliance with regulatory obligations, and the security of critical connectivity infrastructures.
Thus, security becomes a live and present issue, even when literacy tasks are proposed for users and agents, in addition to promoting the general digital transformation.
Still, it’s pure strategy.