Archive for April, 2013

Brazil and India release public invitations for scientific and technological development

Comments Off | 04-27-2013

On Monday (April 22), the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), in partnership with the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, released two public invitations through the departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Biotechnology (DBT) intended to support scientific and technological development in [...]

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Science without Borders to exceed the 45,000 scholarships forecasted for this year

Comments Off | 04-27-2013

Science without Borders, the main federal government program for academic mobility abroad, has awarded 41,133 scholarships since its inception in 2011. Of this total, 23,851 students were approved in the last year, and more than 19,000 are already studying abroad. The remaining 17,282 candidates were selected from  public invitations this year.
This figure is not yet [...]

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Brazil and UK to expand access to foreign trade information

Comments Off | 04-27-2013

On Wednesday (April 24), Brazil and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding in São Paulo to expand the system for Consultation of Tariff Preference Agreements (CAPTA), which holds data on the reduction of import duty resulting from international trade agreements entered into by Brazil. Currently, details on this reduction (known as a tariff [...]

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Strategic Affairs Secretariat Launches New Edition of Study on the Middle Class

Comments Off | 04-26-2013

At 10am, on Monday, April 29, the Strategic Affairs Secretariat (SAE) is to launch the third edition of the “Voices of the New Middle Class” book in Annex I of the Presidential Palace. The event will be promoted in partnership with Caixa Econômica Federal and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
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Number of brazilians with a minimum of 2 Mb fixed internet grows 91%

Comments Off | 04-23-2013

The number of Brazilians who access the Internet from home at speeds greater than or equal to 2 Mb grew 91% between June 2011 and the same month of 2012, increasing from 8.8 million to 16.8 million people. The data is from a survey conducted by IBOPE Nielsen and refers exclusively to fixed Internet.
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700 MHz band auction to give preference to national technology

Comments Off | 04-13-2013

Public notice to require winners to buy products and equipment manufactured in Brazil. The percentage has not yet been defined.
The auction for the 700 MHz band, which is to install 4G technology in Brazil, will give preference to applicants that buy products and equipment featuring national technology. The assurance was given by the Communications Minister, [...]

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Mobile broadband access grows 1800% in four years

Comments Off | 04-13-2013

Mobile broadband access in Brazil increased approximately 1800% in four years, being accessed 2 million times in 2008 and 65 million times by February 2013, putting the country in first place in Latin America in terms of the density of mobile broadband access. The data was released by Minister Paulo Bernardo during a public hearing [...]

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Smartphones up to 30% cheaper

Comments Off | 04-13-2013

President Dilma Rousseff has signed a decree relieving taxes on smartphones, with a waiver of up to R$ 500 million a year. The exemption should lead to a reduction of up to 30% in the final consumer price of imported smartphones. Under the terms of the Decree, smartphones with high speed Internet and pricesof up [...]

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Government Establishes New Model for Biodiesel Stock

Comments Off | 04-11-2013

On April 8, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) published an ordinance in the Official Gazette establishing a new model for strategic stocks of biodiesel in the country. A new feature is the “purchase option” method of acquisition which is used in other sectors. With this, buyers of biodiesel (essentially, Petrobras) contract the right [...]

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Brazil Innovates with 4G to Bring Broadband to Rural Areas

Comments Off | 04-11-2013

A new fourth generation wireless network solution is being developed by Brazilian researchers
Brazil will be the first country to use 4G technology to bring broadband to rural areas. According to Communications Minister, Paulo Bernardo, this will be made possible thanks to a new fourth generation wireless network solution that is being [...]

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