Anatel to approve fixed line licences

11 Nov 2005

Brazilian regulator Anatel has said it aims to approve the country’s new fixed line licence contracts by 5 December this year, according to local paper O Globo, with operators scheduled to begin operating under the terms of the new concessions by January 2006. The Anatel board met yesterday to discuss the features of the new contracts, which include the billing of local calls in minutes rather than pulses and the creation of a service index for telecoms price setting.

In a separate story, cable TV company TVA Sistema Televisao has contracted South Korean manufacturer Samsung Electronics to roll out WiMax technology in 2006. The company said that the new service will be launched in Sao Paulo in November next year, with Rio de Janeiro to follow in January 2007.