Brazil’s cellcos to mount legal challenge to Anatel’s 4G auction plan

14 May 2012

Four leading Brazilian mobile operators are said to be planning to mount a legal challenge to the regulator Anatel’s plan to hold an auction of 4G wireless licences in June this year. The four – Telefonica of Spain’s Vivo Participacoes, Telecom Italia-backed TIM Brasil, locally owned Telemar Norte Leste (Oi) and America Movil’s local Claro unit – filed separate petitions last Thursday, an Anatel spokesman is quoted as saying. The cellcos are not the only ones against Anatel’s current plan: Ainmt of Sweden has also filed a petition to challenge the watchdog’s decision to auction off 2500MHz spectrum for 4G wireless services, the unnamed source said. Anatel has until 5 June to rule on the petitions.