Telefónica to decommission 90,000 payphones in São Paulo

12 Sep 2006

Telefónica’s Brazilian subsidiary plans to remove up to 90,000 payphones in São Paulo, citing the increased availability of wireless services as the reason. According to BNamericas the number represents a quarter of the firm’s 331,200 kiosks currently in service in the city. The operator is also evaluating whether to implement further cuts. New telecoms laws allow fixed line operators to cut the ratio of payphones to people from eight to six for every 1,000 inhabitants. The Spanish firm has so far removed phones from commercial premises such as bars and cafes in the wake of a drop in usage following privatisation in 1998.

Brazil, Telefonica Brasil (Vivo)