Telefonica (Vivo) to close down Brazilian MMDS TV service

28 Mar 2013

Brazilian operator Telefonica (Vivo) has confirmed it is shutting down its ‘Vivo TV’ branded multichannel multipoint distribution service (MMDS) wireless cable service, to free up channel bandwidth for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services. However, the operator was quick to point out that its cable, satellite (DTH) and fibre-optic broadband pay-TV offers will not be affected by the shutdown. Under the plan, Vivo says that customers in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre will be able to access Vivo TV until 25 April, following which they will be able to switch to an alternative platform for free (until 31 May). From 1 June, customers not wishing to continue their new Vivo service will see their signal switched off at no cost to them. It is believed that the move potentially affects 29,000 inhabitants in the city of Sao Paulo and 3,700 in Curitiba and Porto Alegre.

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