3G licensing to start in 2006?

1 Jun 2005

Brazilian regulator Anatel has said it may adopt a regulatory framework that will accelerate the introduction of 3G services in the country, which could begin as early as 2006. Under the plans, Anatel said it would offer five 3G licences, with at least one reserved for a new player. The regulator, which expects a full-scale commercial launch in 2008, hopes that the rollout of 3G services will boost competition in the sector.

Meanwhile, seven Brazilian operators – Vivo, Claro, TIM Brasil, Telesp, CTBC, Brasil Telecom and Brasil Telecom GSM – have reached an agreement on call charges, deciding to hike the interconnection charge paid to mobile operators for receiving calls from fixed line numbers by 4.5%; The rates charged by fixed line operators for mobile calls will increase by 7.99%.