TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) have signed a 3G roaming agreement, Teletime.com.br writes. The deal will reportedly see the two mobile operators utilise each other’s 3G infrastructure in a total of 570 towns and cities.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, TIM Brasil and Claro Brasil inked a 3G roaming agreement in August this year, covering around 700 municipalities. That agreement meant that each operator was allowed to compete in markets solely served by its rival for the first time. A similar deal between TIM Brasil and Oi was reportedly inked in July.
TeleGeography notes that the geographic restrictions date back to December 2007, when the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) auctioned off 3G-suitable spectrum, and judged that competition in the smaller markets was not economically justified at that point in time.