The decree reinforces the gratuity of the right of way and recovers the so-called “positive silence”. Small antennas are also considered, with exemption from licensing, which makes it much easier for small cells.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, signed the decree that regulates the Antenna Law 13,116. The document promises to facilitate the installation of telecommunications infrastructure, especially cellular antennas, given the expected growth of networks with the arrival of 5G.
The Decree deals with the installation of telecommunications networks as part of any public work, reinforces the gratuity of the right of way and recovers the so-called “positive silence”, that is, automatic license if the municipalities do not grant it within 60 days. Small antennas are also considered, with exemption from licensing, which makes it much easier for small cells, relevant for indoor coverage in 4G and 5G.
“This Decree that was signed today, which regulates the Antenna Law, marks a milestone. Next year we will have the 5G auction and without this Decree it would not be possible, because we will need 10 times more antennas with 5G. I am sure that it is a great commitment of the government with the telecommunications sector ”, celebrated the Minister of Communications, Fábio Faria, during the ceremony at the Planalto Palace.
The projection is that the liberation of these infrastructures will result in investments of R$ 3 billion
According to information from the Ministry of Communications, there are more than 4 thousand applications for the installation of antennas awaiting municipal licenses throughout the country, especially in large cities.
The Secretary of Telecommunications, Vitor Menezes, mentioned that “the Decree raises an important question about the construction of telecommunications infrastructure in conjunction with public works. Currently there is no obligation to build fiber along with a road, for example. From that Decree, these works will be done together ”.