Brazilian regional fixed and mobile operator Sercomtel has expanded its fixed line service to the area of Pato Branco, Telecompaper reports without citing its sources. Working in partnership with domestic power utility Copel, Sercomtel intends to offer voice and data-based packages, including voice direct inward dialling, to the corporate market via the latter’s fibre-optic networks. Sercomtel currently offers telecoms services in 62 cities in the Brazilian state of Parana.
TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate notes that in May this year Sercomtel rolled out fibre-optic fixed telephony services in the municipality of Cascavel, again in partnership with Copel (which has a communications arm, Copel Telecom) and again targeting business users in Cascavel with voice and data services, with Copel also providing broadband access.
In January 2013 Sercomtel submitted a request to the national regulator Anatel, for permission to offer local and domestic long-distance (DLD) fixed telephony services in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte. According to an unconfirmed report at the time, the operator aims to provide fixed telephony services in cities and towns where its existing customers are already known to make DLD calls – therefore evening out any additional cost implications where it concerns interconnection fees.