Minas Gerais government stumps up USD91.5 million for mobile improvements

9 Aug 2006

The government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has set aside a BRL200 million (USD91.5 million) fund to improve mobile telephony coverage in the state, according to BNamericas citing local news service Folha Online. The state authorities hope to develop the project in partnership with private operators to boost coverage from the current figure of 48%, by rolling out services to the 444 cities (out of 853) not presently covered. The aim of the programme is to provide 100% coverage by the end of 2008.