Anatel rules out early 3G launch for Telemig, Claro

8 Oct 2007

Brazil’s telecom regulator Anatel says that mobile operators Telemig Celular and Telecom Americas (Claro) will not be able to launch 3G services early, writes BNAmericas quoting a report in local newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. The two companies had intended on launching 3G services in the 850MHz band immediately upon completion of an auction to sell 3G spectrum in the 1.9GHz and 2.1GHz bands. However, Anatel’s spectrum superintendent Edilson Ribeiro dos Santos said the resolution from 2000 that specified 1.9GHz and 2.1GHz as the 3G frequencies prohibits the use of other bands for this service. With Telemig’s 3G network already in place, however, and with its officials complaining about lost revenues ‘in the millions’ if it is unable to launch, Anatel’s legal department is said to be studying a plan to amend the 2000 decision so that 3G can be offered over any frequency.