14 Nov 2007
America Movil (AM) has announced plans to launch a high speed 3G network in Brazil, following a government ruling that allows companies to use existing frequencies to offer the service. According to Bloomberg, from tomorrow AM’s local operating unit Claro will offer the service in Brazil – Brasilia, Recife and Fortaleza, adding Porto Alegre next week and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro next month. A total of 33 million Brazilians will be available to access the service, it said. Carlos Slim’s operation is the second company to go live with 3G in Brazil this month. Only last week Telemig Celular, controlled by Sao Paulo-based Vivo, launched its own UMTS network in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state. Claro intends to charge BRL76.90 (USD43.56) for the 3G service and also plans to make it available to pay-as-you-go users.