Brazil telecoms: All the news that’s fit to print!

12 Mar 2004

US telco MCI risks facing the wrath of Brazilian regulator Anatel by refusing to comply with its order to make data about its Brazilian subsidiary Embratel available to its rivals. On 4 March Anatel wrote to MCI saying that by not divulging ‘sensitive information’ about Embratel’s business to incumbents Brasil Telecom, Telemar and Telesp, as well as new entrant Geodex, it could be damaging competition in the sector. But the US operator remains unbowed: ‘No relevant information about Embratel will be handed to those companies by MCI or Embratel,’ the company said in a statement.

Telemar and its mobile unit Oi have launched new offers aimed at persuading customers to take up its bundled telecoms services packages, including giving away an Oi handset to anyone subscribing to the telco’s broadband internet service Velox.

The high speed internet market is set to gain a new player following power company Certel’s announcement that it is to launch internet access and VoIP services in Rio Grande do Sul using equipment supplied by Alvarion of Israel.

The rising demand for IP software has led US-based vendor Avaya to upgrade its revenue forecasts in Brazil by 60% for its current fiscal year, ending September 2004.