New licences will not include number portability

27 Jun 2005

Brazilian regulator Anatel has revealed that the new concession contracts for Brazil’s fixed line operators, which are due to come into effect on 1 January 2006, will not include number portability. Anatel says that number portability is not a prerequisite for the new contracts, despite the country’s operators repeatedly asking for it to be introduced.

In a separate story, Anatel has said that the residential fixed line sector lacks competition, with customers in just 4% of municipalities being able to choose between two or more operators. The situation is better in the corporate sector, with competition existing in 30% – 40% of municipalities.