Anatel rejects appeals over consumer protection rules

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) published in the Official Gazette (DOU) the final denial of administrative appeals filed by Sky Brasil and Telcomp (an association representing telecom operators) who asked for more time to implement the Regulation of the Telecommunications Consumer Law, published in March last year. The Regulation, establishing a dozen new consumer protection procedures, including the automatic cancellation …

EditorAnatel rejects appeals over consumer protection rules

Brazil adds 144,600 broadband connections

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According to figures from market regulator Anatel, Brazil had 24.113 million fixed broadband connections at the end of January, or 1.74 million more than in January 2014. This was equal to a 36.54% penetration rate. Compared to December, the service added 144,600 new users. The America Movil group (Claro, Embratel and Net) had a base of 7.591 million lines, up …

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GSMA launches consumer protection initiatives in Mexico

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The GSMA announced a series of initiatives to protect mobile users throughout Mexico. Supported by the country’s mobile operators Iusacell, Nextel, Telcel and Telefonica Movistar, the Mexican National Telecom Association (Anatel) and the country’s regulator, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), these initiatives form part of the GSMA’s ‘We care’ campaign. They aim to provide Mexican consumers with a safer, more …

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Anatel wants 90% of Oi public phones operational by March

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) ruled that at least 90% of the 650,000 public telephones operated by Oi must be fully functional by 31 March. The company operates in the Federal District and in all states of the country, with the exception of Sao Paulo. The installation and maintenance of telephone booths is an obligation of the fixed-line operators. In …

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Anatel approves change in use of Nextel 800 MHz licence

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Brazilian regulator Anatel has approved the change in Nextel’s 800 MHz band spectrum licence to allow it to deploy LTE services. The mobile operator is transitioning from the iDen system to 3G and eventually LTE. Following complaints from other operators, Anatel agreed to charge Nextel for the change in licence, as reported by Teletime. The price will be calculated according …

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Anatel approves cut in fixed-mobile call prices

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Brazilian regulator Anatel has approved a reduction in interconnection rates for calls from fixed lines to mobile numbers. Within the same area code, call prices will drop on average by 22%, Anatel stated. For example, a call with Oi in Rio de Janeiro will fall from BRL 0.36 per minute to BRL 0.28, and calls with Telefonica in Sao Paolo …

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TIM, Claro lead subscriber additions in December

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According to data from Anatel, the mobile subscriber base in Brazil grew by 3.55% last year to 280.73 million active lines. That included 6.76 million LTE users. The teledensity was at 138% at year-end. Almost 76% of mobile users were still on prepaid, and postpaid counted 67.8 million subscribers or just over 24 percent of the total. In the final …

EditorTIM, Claro lead subscriber additions in December

Anatel publishes conditions for Telefonica takeover of GVT

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Brazilian regulator Anatel has published its full decision approving Telefonica’s takeover of broadband operator GVT. As announced in December, Anatel cleared the deal with a number of conditions. From the date of the publication in the Official Gazette, Telefonica needs to submit within 90 days its plans for network expansion, including covering at least ten new locations outside the state …

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Brazil grows to 19.8 mln pay-TV subscribers in November

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Brazil ended November 2014 with 19.81 million pay-TV subscribers, accounting for a 30.20 percent penetration rate, according to data published by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). Compared to October, the total increased by around 16,000 subscribers. In terms of access technology, DTH/satellite had 12.28 million subscribers (61.96% of the total), followed by cable TV with 7.43 million (37.51%), FTTH with …

EditorBrazil grows to 19.8 mln pay-TV subscribers in November

Brazilian regulator suspends its satisfaction surveys

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has approved the suspension of its satisfaction surveys on operators’ services and should resume them in the second half of 2015, adopting new methodology, according to a decision published in the Official Gazette, as reported by┬áReuters. The suspension came after the adoption of new bylaws by Anatel, which abolished the areas responsible for customer satisfaction …

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