Anatel to shut down analogue networks in June

2 Apr 2008

The Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel says the last remaining analogue mobile networks will be deactivated on 30 June 2008. There are an estimated 13,000 active users of analogue services in Brazil, reports IDG Now!, all of whom will have the right to receive a free digital handset when the 1G service ends.

In a separate story, Anatel says that changes to telecoms law necessary for the approval of Oi’s proposed acquisition of rival telecoms operator Brasil Telecom could take at least two weeks to complete. The regulator is studying what changes need to be made but has not as yet finalised its recommendations. It is understood the new version of the telecoms law could be conditioned to alterations in regulations of other services, such as pay-TV, which is also being reviewed by Anatel.