Brazil

Portugal Telecom CEO to lead Brazil’s Oi

The CEO of Portugal Telecom (PT) has been appointed to lead Brazilian operation Oi, in which PT holds a 23.34 per cent stake. At a WeDo Technologies user group in May Bava spoke at length about the importance of Brazil as a growth market where he would look to apply lessons learned in Portugal.

Rural Brazil: Healthcare to go

Twenty years ago the Brazilian Government decreed that health services should be available to all of the country’s inhabitants. In Southern Brazil, the wealthier, more developed and heavily populated part of the country, this pledge was comparatively easy to address. In the dense rainforest of the Amazon its fulfilment is altogether more difficult.

Local manufacture essential to Brazil, says Minister

The Brazilian government will continue to require that a significant portion of telecoms network equipment is manufactured locally as it seeks to harness the sector’s growth to create jobs and local wealth, according to the country’s minister for communications.

After reaching milestone, TIM Brasil needs to ensure sustainable growth

TIM Brasil, after achieving the number two spot in the Brazilian mobile market last August, hit another milestone in April. For the first time, the operator has beaten its competitor Vivo in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. In April, TIM reported a market share of 31.8 per cent in the code 11 area, which covers Sao Paulo, while Vivo’s share was 30.9 per cent. The achievement is significant, given that the Sao Paulo metropolitan region has about 20 million inhabitants and the country’s highest GDP.

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

TIM Brasil CEO steps down

The chief executive officer of Brazilian carrier TIM Participações – part of the Telecom Italia group – has stepped down effective immediately. Luca Luciani will be replaced by TIM’s group chief financial officer Andrea Mangoni in the short term.

Anatel should have made LTE auction rules more attractive

In January 2012, Anatel opened the LTE-spectrum-auction rules for public consultation. The rules included details on coverage obligations for winning operators, the use of equipment produced locally and network sharing. In addition, in case no company shows an interest in the 450MHz spectrum tender, Anatel will combine 450MHz blocks to 2.5GHz blocks in the main 2.5GHz auction. Anatel aims to make the new technology available for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Brazilian mobile traffic on the rise

Brazil is showing an appetite for mobile internet, as internet traffic from non-PC devices, such as tablets, mobile phones and gaming consoles, has grown rapidly in recent months. Although non-PC device traffic accounted for just one per cent of total internet page views in August, this marks an increase of more than 60 per cent since May, according to comScore.

Brazil passes 15mn broadband subscribers

Brazil has seen its number of broadband subscribers increase 150-fold over the past ten years to reach 15.5 million accesses by the end of 2010, with 19.2 per cent growth last year alone, according to the annual report from the country’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel).

Nextel plans Brazilian 3G after spectrum win

Nextel Brazil, a subsidiary of NII holdings, has won 20MHz licences in the 1.9 – 2.1GHz band in an auction conducted by Brazilian regulator Anatel. Nextel was successful in its bids for 11 of the 13 lots on offer, which will give it coverage of 182.4 million people, or 97 per cent of the population.

Telefonica’s move on Vivo to change Brazilian market

Spanish and Latin American carrier Telefonica’s acquisition of Vivo will have a significant impact on the Brazilian market, most notably giving the company the platform it needs to launch convergent services.

Telefonica cements deal for Vivo Brazil

Spanish carrier Telefónica said Wednesday that it has finally reached an agreement with Portugal Telecom over the acquisition of Brazilian operator Vivo.

EU rules against Portugal’s use of golden share in Brazil deal

Spanish incumbent operator Telefónica is still chasing its Brazilian dream after the European Court of Justice ruled that the Portuguese Government’s use of a so called ‘golden share’ to block Telefónica’s acquisition of Vivo was unlawful.

Telefonica bid for Vivo derailed

Spanish and Latin American carrier Telefónica has seen its designs on Brazil trashed after the Portuguese government blocked the acquisition of Portugal Telecom’s stake in Vivo.

Telefonica cannot block Vivo dividends says PT

Portugal Telecom has denied that Telefonica is able to block dividends from the two operators’ Brazilian joint venture Vivo as analysts warn that the Portugese incumbent cannot afford to lose its presence in the high growth Brazilian market.

Latin fire driving regional MVNO market

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) market is set to explode in Latin America as the region’s mobile market matures, new regulations come into force and more network operators open their doors to MVNO partners.

Slim launches $22bn LatAm shake up

Latin American operator, America Movil, has launched its $21.8bn bid for control of three other regional telecoms firms. It sounds like big money but given that America Movil’s top man is none other than Carlos Slim Helu, the richest man in the world, such moves are to be expected.

NSN scores Latin American managed services deal

Not to be outdone by Ericsson’s news of an LTE win in the US, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on Wednesday notched up a far reaching managed services deal in Latin America with NII Holdings.

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