Brazilian cellcos fail to hit Anatel’s 3G coverage targets, report says

28 Nov 2013

Two Brazilian mobile operators – TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and Oi SA - have reportedly failed to meet the coverage targets for 3G, as set by the industry regulator Anatel in April 2013. Data published by market research firm Teleco says that TIM Brasil failed to comply with coverage obligations in seven municipalities with populations greater than 100,000, while Oi SA was not live in a total of 13 such locations. Under the watchdog’s stipulations, domestic mobile operators were required to cover all municipalities with over 100,000 inhabitants, 50% of those cities with 30,000 to 100,000 people and 15% of municipalities with populations of less than 30,000. The findings also suggest that whilst TIM Brasil met its targets in the 30,000-100,000 category, Oi SA failed to deliver services to eleven locations and also fell short in 415 municipalities of >30,000. For its part, TIM Brasil was also seen to be delinquent in 410 locations in this banding. Anatel notes however, that rivals Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) and Claro Brasil were within the targets laid down in April 2013.

The news comes as Telefonica Brazil (Vivo) announced that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network is now live in 73 municipalities across Brazil, with the launch of commercial services in Boa Vista.