Brazil’s Anatel issues first MVNO authorisations

19 Aug 2011

Local press reports say Brazil’s national telecoms regulator Anatel yesterday issued the authorisations for companies wishing to operate as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the country. The two applicants are insurance group Porto Seguro and niche player Telecom Datora, both of which will be using TIM Brasil’s network infrastructure to host a service. Anatel says that Porto Seguro aims to launch operations on 1 December having paid BRL27,000 (USD16,900) for three permits to provide services across the country. The operation is led by Safe Harbor Telecommunications, a partnership between Porto Seguro and Chiacomm of Brazil, the holding company that owns Telecom Datora. Datora will act as a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) for the service.