Brazil’s Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) has ended its standoff with mobile duo TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and Oi SA, Teletime reports, extending their respective 1800MHz 2G licences from 2016 until 2017. Going forward, in 2017 the duo are expected to be charged BRL1.5 billion (USD526.9 million) each in a formal renewal process. Anatel officials have blamed the long-running confusion over the licences on a ‘regulatory vacuum,’ adding that it would likely have a negative impact on consumers if it were to stage a tender in the short term.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the duo failed to file for 2G licence renewals by the 13 March 2013 deadline – a full three years before their concessions were actually due to expire – and subsequently found themselves in regulatory hot water. If the pair had been stripped of their respective 1800MHz frequency permits, as previously feared, upwards of 50 million 2G subscribers could have been affected.