State looks at joining MVNO market

14 Sep 2011

Brazil’s government is studying the possibility of backing a new entrant in the country’s fledgling mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market, telecom regulator Anatel board member Emilia Ribeiro has told BNamericas. According to Ribeiro, federal savings bank Caixa Economica Federal could partner with a telco to offer a service aimed at welfare recipients of national scheme Bolsa Familia, allowing then to withdraw money in supermarkets and public places via their mobile phones. Ribeiro added that other public agencies including postal operator Correios do Brasil are looking into entering the MVNO segment.

In August Anatel issued the first authorisations for companies wishing to operate as MVNOs; the first MVNO applicant was insurance group Porto Seguro, which will be using TIM Brasil’s network infrastructure to host a service. Anatel said that Porto Seguro aims to launch operations on 1 December via a partnership with domestic firm Chiacomm under the Safe Harbor Telecommunications banner. Chiacomm is a holding company for Telecom Datora, which will act as a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) for the service.