Anatel reviews new MVNO regulations

18 Sep 2009

Brazil’s national telecoms regulator Anatel is reviewing plans for the implementation of a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) scheme in the country, BNamericas quotes local press as reporting. If all goes to plan, the final recommendations will be submitted to the presidential cabinet next week, to be approved and sent on to congress. It is understood that two MVNO models are under consideration. The first would see the setting up of ‘qualified resellers’, which would be entities such as large retailers which would contract an operator’s service, with the latter functioning purely as an infrastructure provider. Meanwhile, the second business model under discussion would set up a ‘more traditional virtual operator’, which would lease capacity from a host network provider. Creating a legal framework for MVNOs is one of the short-term strategies outlined in Brazil’s general plan for updated telecoms regulations (PGR).