Anatel to cut DLD rates by 2.7%

13 Jul 2006

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel is expected to announce a 2.7% cut in fixed line domestic long-distance call rates, according to BNamericas quoting local newspaper Estado de São Paulo. The board of directors will vote on the proposal on 14 July and, if approved, the reduction will come into effect within 48 hours. The regulator is also expected to authorise a rate reduction for international long-distance calls on the same day. The paper says that the agreed 2.7% cut for DLD rates has been calculated using the average base rate of the country’s fixed line operators – Telemar, Spain’s Telefónica. Brasil Telecom, CTBC and Sercomtel – and will give them greater flexibility to adjust prices to compete with emerging players, such as new providers offering VoIP. Estado de São Paulo goes on to say that Anatel is treating DLD operator differently and plans to calculate its rates separately. The readjustment follows Anatel’s decision on 5 July to reduce rates for local calls by between 0.38% and 0.51%, depending on the company, the first negative readjustment for eight years.