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 …

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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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GVT clocks fastest broadband in Brazil

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Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has published the results of broadband quality measurements throughout Brazil, which show that GVT had the fastest average broadband connection for consumers in 15 of the 16 states in which the operator was analysed. The highlights for the month of September are the Federal District, with an average speed of 20.15 Mbps and Rio de …

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Brazil grows to 23.8 million fixed broadband lines in Oct

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Brazil ended October with 23.83 million fixed broadband connections, accounting for a 36.36% penetration rate, according to data published by the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). The total increased from 23.71 million in the previous month. The majority of the fixed broadband lines were over xDSL technology, at 13.36 million (56.06% of the total), followed by cable modem, with 7.43 million …

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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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