Easytone to launch VoIP services

10 Mar 2004

Brazilian telco Easytone is planning to launch a long-distance and international VoIP service next month, with expectations of securing a 1% share of the telecoms market within two years. The company plans to initially target corporate customers in Sao Paulo, but from June will extend the offering to metro areas in eleven states including Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. The company claims to have installed 15 IP switches across the country, a figure which it expects to have risen to 60 by the end of the year. It claims negotiations for last mile interconnection are ongoing with a number of cable TV and start-up telcos, but admitted talks with the incumbents had been less fruitful. Telecoms regulator Anatel is expected to begin tackling the issue of unbundling next year, a development which should aid the interconnection discussions.