Brazilian telco GVT says that it expects to generate around BRL500 million (USD174 million) from long-distance services in 2006, following the completion of an expansion plan which it is currently working on. The operator entered the DLD market on Sunday, offering services to its fixed line customers in Brazil’s Region II. It hopes to have achieved a 4% share of the sector by the end of this year, increasing this figure to over 10% by the start of 2006. GVT hopes to attract subscribers by offering them a flat rate of BRL1 plus tax for every five minutes of any national long-distance call, regardless of the distance, a rate around 50% cheaper than that offered by rivals Embratel, Intelig and Brasil Telecom. The service is currently only available in GVT’s core concession area, but it hopes to expand to the rest of the country by the end of 2004.