In the interview he gave this week to Yellow On Air, the Minister of Communications, Fábio Faria, invested in the line that a little policy was the key to holding the 5G auction in Brazil. Without even mentioning the name of the Chinese company Huawei, a supplier of telecommunications equipment and constant target of criticism around President Jair Bolsonaro, Faria treated the controversy over Chinese participation in the process as an outdated issue.
“We protected ourselves from haunting. We removed the haunting and focused on having the 5G working. And, within what they thought was something that could be spied on, we made greater protection”, he said.
It is worth remembering that, less than a year ago, Deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro clashed with Chinese diplomacy, trumpeting the risk of spying on “citizens and companies”. In a post on social networks, the son of President Jair Bolsonaro extolled the government’s support for the “Clean Network” alliance, taken over by the government of then US President Donald Trump, in defense of “a secure 5G, without spying from China”. The post became the focus of a diplomatic crisis and was deleted.
The protection that Faria referred to in the interview with Amarelas On Air are the restrictions imposed on companies that want to provide structure for the federal government’s private 5G network. Whoever supplies the government’s private network will be prevented from purchasing equipment from any company that has partners linked to political parties. The problem was solved. Without anyone having to write the word “China”, as the minister recalled. In other words, a much more diplomatic way of saying who’s in and who’s out.
Check out the full interview with Fábio Faria to Yellow On Air: