Brazil adds 120,000 mobile lines in April

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According to data published by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Brazil had 283.52 million active mobile telephony lines in April, accounting for a 138.94 percent penetration rate for the service. This figure represents growth of 7.2% compared to the same period last year. Compared to March the number of lines increased by 120,000. Pre-paid accesses totaled 213.46 million (75.29% of …

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Sercomtel to switch off 2G network by end-2016

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Brazilian regional operator Sercomtel is planning to accelerate the switch-off of its GSM, GPRS and Edge networks, according to the director of engineering Flavio Borsato, as reported by┬áTeletime. This follows the imposition of new terms for mobile operators to meet minimum levels of network quality by regulator Anatel. The aim is to turn off the GSM GPRS/Edge network by 31 …

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Brazilian operators to sign terms of use for 4G in December

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has set 5 December as the date for the signing of the terms of authorization for use of the 700 MHz band for 4G mobile services, said the president of the agency, Joao Rezende, as reported by┬áReuters. In order to sign the terms and confirm the result of the 4G auction held in late September, …

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Brazil operators refute ITU findings on high mobile prices

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According to a survey of 166 countries by the ITU, Brazil is one of the countries with the highest per-minute cost of mobile calls. The cost of a one-minute mobile call in peak hours and on-net in Brazil is USD 0.53/minute, higher than in most countries analyzed, with the exception of France and Greece (USD 0.54), Ireland (USD 0.60) and …

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Brazilian regulator to discuss 700 MHz auction on 17 July (Brazil)

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The notice for the auction of the 700 MHz band, to be used for 4G mobile broadband services, is on the agenda of the 17 July meeting of Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), as reported by O Globo. Announcing the news, Anatel president Joao Rezende said he expects no problems, and that the auction notice could be published on 25 …

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Oi leads in Wi-Fi hotspots in Brazil

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According to data from Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), the number of Wi-Fi hotspots in Brazil reached 159,270 at the end of May. Oi leads the rankings with 152,577 hotspots, followed by Net Servicos (3,503), Linktel (2,056), TIM Brasil (799) and Vivo (175). However, Anatel points out that the data from the Jiware portal responds only to around 90 percent …

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Brazil consumers group criticizes 700 MHz auction proposal

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The Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense (IDEC) has criticized the proposed use of the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband. In its contribution to the public consultation launched by Anatel on the draft bidding documents for the 700 MHz auction, the consumers association pointed out that the right to use the 700 MHz frequency is not conditional on the …

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Anatel releases new prefix for mobile telephony in Sao Paulo (Brazil)

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Anatel, Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency, has released a new prefix i.e. 5 for mobile phones in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. This would be available from April 4.The prefix was previously used for fixed telephony services. According to the regulator, the measure raises the numbering capacity for mobile telephony to 6.9 million combinations. Thus, the total number of mobile …

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Oi extends 2G/3G coverage in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Brazilian telecom operator, Telemar Norte Leste (Oi) has reportedly extended its coverage in Rio Grande do Sul state in 2010. Last year, the operator’s 2G signal reached 63% of the population living there, thanks to the addition of 104 municipalities, while 3G coverage was increased to 30%. The latest areas served with 3G are the coastal areas of Osorio and …

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Anatel adds 29m new connections in 2010 (Brazil)

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Brazil has recorded 202.9 million total number of registered SIMs at the end of last year. It recorded a net addition of 29 million phones over the twelve-month period. The net gain was the second largest annual increase ever reported by National Regulator Anatel; a record 29.7 million new mobile phones were added in 2008. By 31 December 2010 cellular …

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