Pay TV operator Net to offer local, DLD telephony services

22 Mar 2006

Brazilian pay TV company Net Serviços (Net) is to launch a new service offering local and domestic long-distance telephony services to its customers, writes BNamericas quoting local newspaper Valor Econômico. Net and its sister company, long-distance operator Embratel, signed an agreement to jointly develop telecoms services in November 2005 and plan to introduce a range of products with options for different payment schemes. Both companies are owned by Mexico’s Telmex Group, which is looking to position the operators as triple-play service providers. Embratel needs to offset stagnating revenues from its core business while Net is looking to enter the telephony market to challenge cableco rival TVA which is already offering voice call services. Brazil’s other leading telcos Telefónica, Telemar and Brasil Telecom are also planning to roll out bundled voice, internet access and video services.