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.

Vivendi looks to Brazilian acquisition

French conglomerate Vivendi has launched a €2bn offer for 100 per cent of Brazilian fixed line carrier GVT, giving it access to a wide range of services for the Latin American market, including VoIP telephony, corporate data, broadband, internet services and pay TV.

2008 – the year of 3G for Latin America

Almost every Latin American mobile operator launched 3G services in 2008, as the region’s carriers scrambled to push data services in order to offset falling voice revenues and satisfy consumers’ growing hunger for value added products.

WiMAX mobility debate rumbles on in Brazil

Should the winners in Brazil’s upcoming licence auction in the 3.5GHz frequency band be allowed to offer some form of ‘mobile’ service?  And, if so, what form should that mobile service take? These questions continue to spark heated debate among Anatel, Brazil’s telecom regulator, and the country’s operator and service provider communities. “It would be […]

Telefonica puts WiMAX on trial in Brazil

Telefonica, in cooperation with Motorola and Intel, has started a mobile WiMAX trial in Sao Paulo. The pilot, which involves around 150 users, is using the 2.5GHz frequency band and is aiming to provide 2Mbps on the downlink and 600Kbps on the uplink. The trial partners reportedly want to make the WiMAX service commercially available […]

Telecom Italia revises forecasts

Fixed and mobile carrier Telecom Italia has revised its outlook for the current year as its Brazilian and German operations fare worse than expected. The operator recorded a 24 per cent slide in net income for the first half of the year, with profit falling to Eur1.14bn, compared to Eur1.5bn in the first half of […]

Brazil; race against time

Brazil has the potential to become a vibrant WiMAX market, with numerous operators backing the technology, and a possible head-start on 3G. However, awkward regulatory hurdles must be cleared first.