Anatel approves next phase of Vivo-Claro network sharing pact

27 May 2016

The board of the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has approved additions to the long-standing wireless network sharing agreement that exists between Claro Brasil and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo). According to local press reports, the pact – which encompasses sharing of equipment in the 2.5GHz band – will see the joint deployment of 180 new base stations in rural areas, taking the total number of shared cell sites to 412.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database the original deal was signed back in May 2013, after the Brazilian cellcos acquired LTE-suitable 2.5GHz frequencies in June 2012’s spectrum auction.