Brazilian fixed line operator Telemar has launched a residential VoIP service and aims to attract 50,000 clients in the first twelve months of operation, writes BNamericas citing local newspaper Valor Econômico. Telemar is offering the service to customers in Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte calling Canada or the US. Its mobile arm Oi will manage the operation.
Telemar has also struck an agreement to provide VoIP in partnership with local pay TV provider TVA, which will offer virtual numbers across Brazil allowing customers to make international calls to Canada and the US at local rates. Telemar has been waiting for regulations about VoIP from Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel, but in light of the lack of guidance, has opted to go ahead in some areas.