Anatel approves plan to help expand broadband coverage

14 Jun 2019

Sector watchdog the National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has approved a plan to help expand broadband access in Brazil by coordinating investment from the public and private sectors. The programme, dubbed the Structural Plan for Telecommunications Networks (Plano Estrutural de Redes de Telecomunicacoes, PERT), would become Anatel’s formal instrument for implementing policies and would serve as a reference for adjusting concessions and rebalancing obligations by operators, with an annual review process allowing the regulator to periodically adjust the goals and targets of various projects. As part of the plan, Anatel highlighted seven projects to overcome issues with the sector, focused around the expansion of three main network types – transport, access and public – with one official quoted as saying: ‘Brazil needs to overcome the challenge of connectivity, and the only possible way is to develop its network infrastructure’.

Brazil, National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel)