Telcos to spend less on networks in 2007, says Abeprest

5 Dec 2006

Brazilian telecoms operators plan to invest 8.3% less in their infrastructure in 2007 compared to 2006, according to BNamericas citing research by the Brazilian telecoms and IT solutions association Abeprest. The research house suggests that operators will between them spend BRL11 billion to BRL11.5 billion (USD5.11 billion to USD5.35 billion) in the coming year, down from an estimated BRL12 billion in 2006. Abeprest predicts that in 2007 operators will pump BRL3.9 billion into ‘new telecoms services related to the installation, expansion, construction, operation and maintenance of fixed and mobile networks.’ New technologies such as IP telephony, broadband and triple-play will account for BRL2.5 billion (BRL2.4 billion in 2006), while mobile operators’ spending will be unchanged at BRL1.32 billion.