Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel says it received just one application for a GSM licence in the Greater São Paulo area, from local operator Unicel do Brasil Telecomunicações (Unicel). Unicel submitted an application for rights to offer services in metropolitan São Paulo on 21 February, with its director Roberto Silva admitting ‘The area has great potential, but the price of the frequency is still high’. The 15-year concession includes a renew clause for a similar term and will enable Unicel to go head-to-head with Vivo, Claro and TIM, which are all active in the region. The licence is expected to cost BRL93.8 million (USD43.5 million).
This is the third time that the regulator has tried to muster interest for licences in São Paulo, as well as for permits in the northeastern states of Alagoas, Ceará, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Piauí and Rio Grande do Norte. According to BNamericas, no bids were received for the other licences. Unicel’s application will be assessed on 7 March.