Government urged to embrace UMTS

25 Jun 2004

The chairman of the UMTS Forum, Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, has urged the Brazilian government to push ahead with its plans to award third-generation (3G) mobile licences in 2005. Brazil is likely to be the first Latin American country to launch the UMTS process, followed by Mexico and Argentina, but Mr Bienaimé yesterday urged the country’s regulator, Anatel, not to price the concessions too aggressively, adding that this merely drives up costs for subscribers. He also said Anatel should try to avoid fragmenting the market by licensing operators with alternative technologies, such as CDMA-450, despite acknowledging the value of such platforms in providing services at lesser cost to rural parts of the country.