Anatel expects 3G by 2009; prepares to sell new GSM licences

6 Sep 2005

According to local newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has said it expects 3G services to be available in the country by late 2008 or early 2009. 3G licences will be auctioned in 2006, after elections have been held in the country. Mobile operators are divided in their approach to 3G – the GSM operators have said they will not rush to deploy, as their networks are new, while CDMA cellco Brasilcel (Vivo) has an older network and says it will upgrade as a matter of urgency.

In a separate story, Anatel has revealed plans to auction GSM spectrum concessions in Sao Paulo and part of the northeast of the country. Oi has indicated its intention to bid for some of the licences as part of its plan to operate across the entire country.