Anatel chief quits amid growing government intervention storm

8 Jan 2004

Luiz Schymura yesterday resigned as head of Brazil’s telecoms regulatory body Anatel, with reports suggesting his position had become untenable due to increasing pressure from the country’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Mr Schymura was replaced by telecoms under secretary and former unionist Pedro Jaime Ziller, a man widely recognised to be sympathetic to the government’s desire to return to the bygone era of direct state intervention in the regulation of the telecoms sector.