AM units to offer joint Wi-Fi service

17 May 2013

Ahead of a planned merger of its fixed, mobile and cable TV businesses in Brazil, America Movil (AM) has announced a new combined Wi-Fi broadband service that will be available in several of the country’s major cities. Reuters cites company executives as saying at an event in Rio de Janeiro that mobile unit Telecom Americas (Claro), fixed line operator Embratel and pay-TV provider Net Servicos de Comunicacao will offer Wi-Fi hotspots for current broadband customers for no additional charge, adding that investment in the project has so far reached over BRL100 million (USD49.3 million). AM, which is controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, revealed plans last month to merge its fixed and mobile telecoms and cable TV operations in Brazil, notes TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Under the plan, AM will amalgamate Embratel, Telecom Americas (Claro) and Net Servicos de Comunicacao, in a bid to reduce overall operational costs.