Brazilian state-owned telecoms company Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras (Telebras) has signed its first contract to supply cheaper broadband services, as part of the federal government’s plan to improve internet access in the country. Under the broader remit of the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), Telebras signed the contract with internet service provider (ISP) Sadnet, which offers services in the city of Santo Antonio do Descoberto about 30km from Brasilia. Sadnet plans to begin marketing the plan in about 30 days and is looking to provide a maximum 1Mbps connection for BRL35 (USD22.2) per month. Sadnet currently offers end users tariff plans ranging from 100kbps to 200kbps for between BRL29.90 and BRL39.90.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database writes that in January this year, Telebras was given the green light by the telecoms regulator Anatel to operate broadband internet services in the last mile. The decision to issue a Multimedia Communication Service (SCM) licence, published on 20 January, allows Telebras to provide services directly to consumers, as part of the PNBL’s plan to provide nationwide access for high speed internet access by 2014. The PNBL will hopefully provide coverage of 68% of all households by that date. The most basic package would be offered at BRL15 per month for a connection speed up to 512kbps, while another package providing connection speeds between 512kbps and 784kbps would cost up to BRL35.