Anatel approves law for municipal Wi-Fi access

29 Mar 2007

The Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has approved regulations to allow the country’s 5,561 municipalities to offer low-cost Wi-Fi internet access, writes BNamericas, citing a statement from the watchdog. Under new regulations, municipal governments wishing to set up Wi-Fi networks can do so indirectly either through Anatel-approved companies, or by offering the services directly by applying for a licence to offer a private network service – known as a SRP. Anatel hopes the ruling will boost Wi-Fi networks in smaller municipalities. Areas such as São Paulo and Belo Horizonte already have Wi-Fi networks installed. Anatel estimates that it will cost BRL20,000 (USD9,6660) to set up a Wi-Fi network capable of covering 10,000 people.