Anatel commissioner targets 80% fall in mobile rates by 2018

12 Mar 2012

Bloomberg quotes Emilia Ribeiro, commissioner of Brazil’s telecoms watchdog Anatel, as saying that mobile interconnection fees could fall by up to 80% by 2018 if plans to adopt a new cost model are approved. In an interview in Brasilia on 7 March, Ribeiro said that the regulator hopes to see mobile interconnection fees falling to BRL0.10 (USD0.056) per minute, from the current BRL0.48, as Brazil looks to fall into line with other countries’ efforts to cut prices and boost competition. The government hopes to negotiate fees with the big four cellcos – Telefonica Brazil (Vivo), Telecom Americas (Claro), Telemar Norte Leste (Oi) and TIM Brasil. Approval of the new cost model is not expected until next year, however, meaning rate cuts are not likely until the start of 2014, Ribeiro said. The big four collected a total of BRL21.3 billion (USD11.9 billion) between them in 2010, Ribeiro said, of which two-thirds was generated from mobile-to-mobile calls and the balance from fixed to mobile calls. The cellcos have declined to comment on the plan.