Brazilian telcos appeal Anatel’s decision to bar them from 3G auction

10 Nov 2010

Brazilian telecoms operator Telemar Norte Leste (Telemar, or Oi) and SindiTelebrasil, an association representing local telephony companies, have each submitted petitions to block the forthcoming auction of so-called ‘H Band’ mobile spectrum in the country. With the regulator Anatel looking to kick off the tender to allocate the country’s last planned award of frequencies for 3G mobile services on 14 December, the two parties have cried foul at the watchdog’s decision to prevent current operators – Oi, TIM Brasil, Vivo Participacoes and Telecom Americas (Claro) – from participating, saying it has failed to justify the reasons for their exclusion. In their appeals, SindiTelebrasil and Oi argue Anatel is acting as a bar to competition and hampering the rapid rollout of 3G services. Both are understood to be also contemplating legal action.

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