Vivo, Claro network sharing deal receives antitrust approval

14 May 2013

Brazil’s antitrust regulator, Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica (CADE), has approved a network sharing partnership between mobile operators Vivo Participacoes and Claro, in a move that will enable the pair to save costs as they roll out next generation networks. Reuters cites a report by the watchdog as saying that the pair’s plans to share part of their backhaul network and transmission sites does not affect consumers, as other operations and commercial activities will remain separate. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Vivo, owned by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, is Brazil’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, with a customer base of over 75.94 million at the end of March 2013, while America Movil-owned Claro sits in third place with 66.29 million users behind Telecom Italia-controlled TIM Brasil.