Telefonica-Nextel spectrum sharing deal approved by Cade

20 Jun 2016

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Economica, Cade) has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) and Nextel Brasil, which amends the terms and conditions of a spectrum sharing and RAN agreement between the two companies. Nextel was cited as saying that the updated agreement ‘will allow it to reach targets agreed upon with the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) more quickly and efficiently’. For its part, Vivo said that the MoU will allow for the optimisation of the two operators’ infrastructure, while reducing maintenance costs.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in May 2014 Nextel Brasil agreed a deal with Vivo to lease network capacity on the latter’s mobile network for five years in a deal worth at least BRL1.038 billion (USD303 million).