Anatel points to mobile ‘black hole’

14 Aug 2006

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel says that more than 2,500 cities and nearly 20 million people (11% of the population) have no mobile telephony coverage, according to BNamericas citing news site TI Inside. Under the terms of their existing contracts, Brazil’s mobile operators are only required to deploy mobile networks in cities with a population of more than 100,000 people. Brazil currently has nearly 91 million mobile phone users in 3,212 cities, representing nearly 89% of the population.