“The most optimistic estimate” is that after this postponement the auction will take place in the “first fortnight of November”, declared Anatel president Leonardo Euler de Moraes.
The Brazilian government had announced that the tender would be held in July this year.
The concession of the fifth-generation telephone network is framed in a controversy over the presence of the Chinese company Huawei, which was questioned by the president, Jair Bolsonaro.
The new alteration of the date of the contest was due to a request for views made this Monday by one of the directors of Anatel.
Communications Minister Fábio Faria declared that this request for hearings “was highly unexpected.”
“This project (5G infrastructure) involves investments of 1.3 billion dollars, therefore a delay like this represents a loss of about 100 million reais (20 million dollars) per day,” said Faria.
The Communications minister met in February this year with Huawei executives in China and in June held talks in the United States with representatives of Motorola, Nokia and other companies interested in participating in the auction.
During that tour of the United States, Faria spoke about the 5G network with authorities from the National Security Council and the State Department.