Brazilian communications regulator Anatel has launched a public consultation on a proposal to make USB Type-C the standard for charging all smartphones sold in the country.
The Brazilian government’s initiative to establish USB Type-C as a uniform standard for charging devices is not the first. Recently, this interface was officially approved by the European Union as a standard for gadgets, the standard will come into force in 2024. US senators have developed a similar initiative.
In all cases, the only candidate for the role of the new standard is the USB Type-C connector, which is already used by most smartphones running Android. That means the biggest impact of such legislation will be on Apple, which still packs proprietary Lightning into the iPhone and the cheapest iPads. At the same time, some Apple tablets and laptops are already equipped with USB Type-C, and recently information has come that this interface is already being tested on the company’s smartphones.
In the documents accompanying the public hearings, the Brazilian regulatory authority identified both positive and negative aspects of the introduction of a uniform standard. The benefits are less e-waste and consumer convenience. Disadvantages include the cost of enforcing the new law, as well as the likely hampering of the development of new, better interfaces. Anatel clarified that consultations with the public will last until August 26.