Government minister against unified licence plan

14 Jun 2007

Brazil’s deputy minister of communications, Roberto Pinto, yesterday came out against the idea of a single, unified concession licence allowing operators to offer triple-play voice, internet and television service, writes BNamericas citing a report from local news service Agência Estado. Pinto is believed to hold the view that as different telecoms services require different business models, as such they should also be licensed differently. The minister’s comments come amid a wave of debate on the issue in an increasingly convergent telecoms market. Some operators hold the view that the increased digitisation of networks makes convergence more possible, favouring a shift to a unified licensing regime. However, Pinto counters that the current system allows the government to iron out any ‘distortions’ in the local market.