Chinese group Huawei plans to help Brazilian government to take the Internet to rural areas

12 July 2012

Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Huawei has been hired by the Brazilian government to increase access to broadband Internet in rural areas and in small cities across the country, the Brazilian press reported.

Under the terms of the agreement signed Wednesday in Brasilia by the Communications Minister, Paulo Bernardo, and by the president of Huawei in Brazil, Veni Shone, Huawei will develop the fourth generation (4G) LTE mobile technology to cover rural Brazil and smaller cities.

LTE technology makes it possible to access the Internet as speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabits per second).

In return the Brazilian government is set to offer tax breaks to the Chinese company.

Minister Paulo Bernardo said that there was significant inequality between urban and rural areas in terms of Internet access and noted that the new technology would increase the percentage of homes linked to the Internet to 70 percent by the end of 2014. (macauhub)