Vivo looks for licences to gain nationwide coverage

19 Sep 2007

Brazil’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, Vivo Participacoes, intends to bid for 15 wireless licences in a bid to achieve nationwide coverage. With the government looking to increase competition in the sector, Vivo has bid for rights to offer services in the 1.9GHz band. The regulator, Anatel, has set the minimum price for the licences at BRL119 million (USD63.4 million). It is offering 105 wireless licences covering 28 regions to allow operators to expand their operations, or enable new players to gain a toehold in the market. Other companies known to be bidding include Telecom Americas (Claro), backed by Mexican mobile group America Movil, TIM Brasil and Telemar. Reuters reports that Anatel has also highlighted three market entrants, Easytone Telecom, Unicel and Options Computadores Eletronica, as having made bids.