Anatel green-lights new competition rules for telecoms industry

6 Nov 2012

Brazil’s national regulator Anatel has approved a new plan aimed at encouraging and promoting free competition in the country’s telecoms industry, as well as improving sector regulation, RCRWireless reports. The General Plan of Competition Goals (Plano Geral de Metas de Competicao, or PGMC) is designed to establish rules for network sharing, interconnection fees and roaming and also pinpoints companies that have significant market power (SMP) and thus, must be forced to provide network access and transmission with smaller rivals. Operators identified to have SMP in the fixed line market are Telefonica (Vivo), Oi SA, America Movil group (Embratel, Net Servicos), Algar Telecom (CTBC) and Sercomtel. The SMP providers in the mobile sector are Oi, Telecom Americas (Claro), TIM Brasil and Vivo Participacoes.