Anatel approves fixed line tariff hikes

23 Jul 2008

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has approved an average tariff increase of up to 3.01% for fixed line operators, Dow Jones writes. Tariffs for long-distance calls may be raised by as much as 9.7%, the watchdog said, on the proviso that the average hike does not exceed 3.01%. Anatel gave the country’s largest fixed line operator Oi the green light to raise its tariffs by 2.76%, while Brasil Telecom (BrT) will be allowed to go to 3.01% – the same increase agreed for Telefonica of Spain’s Telesp unit. The new tariffs will take effect after the publication on the official government diary, and two days after the announcement by each company in Brazil’s largest newspapers, Anatel said.