Regulatory round-up: Anatel revokes 450MHz licences; Algar given roaming deadline; Neko in hot water

14 Sep 2022

In a busy week of activity, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Anatel) has issued a series of regulatory decisions.

On 13 September Anatel’s Board of Directors terminated the authorisations for the use of the 450MHz band held by Oi and TIM Brasil. Oi’s concession covered the states of Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul and the Federal District, while TIM’s licences spanned Espirito Santo, Parana, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina. Both concessions were issued in 2012, with a view to providing rural coverage, but neither licence was ever used.

In other news, regional operator Algar Telecom has been given 30 days to negotiate a new roaming contract with Claro to support the provision of IoT connectivity. It was recently established that Algar has violated competition rules by providing ‘permanent roaming’ for IoT/M2M services in regions where it has not been licensed to operate.

Finally, Neko Servicos– which successfully bid on a regional 5G concession comprising a 1×200MHz block of 26GHz spectrum in Sao Paulo, only to withdraw its offer several months later – may face sanctions over its decision. TeleSintese quotes Anatel counsellor Vicente Aquino as saying: ‘In my view, the specific case under analysis is even more serious, since the lot acquired by Neko has the associated commitment to bring connectivity to public schools that do not have access to the internet.’ Post-auction, Neko was revealed to be a bidding vehicle for Yon Moreira, who runs MVNE Surf Telecom.