PNBL delivers affordable broadband in 344 municipalities, paper says

3 Oct 2011

A number of Brazilian telecoms operators have started providing low-cost high speed internet access under the remit of the state’s National Broadband Plan (PNBL). From 1 October, Telemar Norte Leste (Oi), Telefonica Brazil, Algar Telecom and Sercomtel began offering a 1Mbps connection for BRL35 (USD18.95) per month in 344 municipalities, with the aim of upping this to 544 areas by the year end. According to Telecompaper, the telcos will also include offers for wholesale plans, aimed at small providers and municipalities, covering 982 towns and cities in the launch phase. It is believed that two more players – TIM Brasil and America Movil’s Claro – have also committed to participating in the PNBL, with the former targeting coverage of 1,000 cities in 2012. Services marketed under the low-cost PNBL plan are subject to monthly data caps, which vary dependent on offer. Telefonica Brazil, for example, is imposing a limit of 300MB per month, and TNL (Oi), 500MB.