Brazil round-up: Anatel delays 1800MHz decision until November; Nextel frequencies extended; Oi increases PNBL coverage to 4,327 municipalities

24 Oct 2014

The Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) has reportedly postponed its decision on the renewal of the 1800MHz licences held by TIM Brasil and Oi SA from 30 October to 4 November, Reuters Brasil reports, citing comments from Anatel director Jarbas Valente. The duo failed to file for 2G licence renewals by the 13 March 2013 deadline – a full three years before their concessions expire – and they now find themselves in regulatory hot water.

Elsewhere, Anatel has renewed the trunking frequencies assigned to Nextel Brasil, until 2025, according to Telesintese. The payment for the spectrum will be calculated according to existing regulations and is likely to be well below what the frequencies would cost if auctioned off. The cities covered by the frequencies are: Entre Rios, Mata de Sao Joao, Duque de Caxia, Itaguai, Rio de Janeiro, Itapetininga, Osasco, Paraibuna, Santana de Parnaiba, Santo Andre, Santos, Sao Paulo, Sorocaba, Votorantim, Guaratuba, Matinhos, Luziania and Brasilia.

Oi SA has increased the number of cities in which it offers low-cost broadband solutions under the Plano Nacional de Banda Larga (PNBL) by 28, taking the total to 4,327. The national broadband programme, which has been overseen by state-backed Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras (Telebras) currently spans 4,523 municipalities across 26 states plus the Distrito Federal, serving 88% of the population. Aside from Oi, other retail partners include Sercomtel, Algar Telecom and Telefonica (Vivo).