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Brazil supports Latin America regulator dialogue; operator wants level playing field; value of investments

The president of Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), Juarez Quadros, has spoken out in favour of increased dialogue between regulators in Latin America, in light of needs arising from technological developments, reports Telecom Paper. “Also the Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Gilberto Kassab, said the government is aiming to improve the quality of services and also promote the expansion of infrastructure.” Meanwhile the president of Brazilian operator Telefonica Vivo, Amos Genish, has requested equal conditions of competition in the market between traditional telecoms companies and over the top (OTT) operators. “According to him, they need the same rules for the same game, adding that telecoms companies worldwide have lost revenue and profitability, affecting their capacity to invest.” And Brazil's Ministry of Planning has said that reforming the telecoms sector could generate an additional BRL 34.6 billion in investments, impacting GDP by 0.49 percentage points. The calculations are based on changes to licensing policy for the fixed telephony sector and the exchange of fines for investments by operators. Additional investments by Oi, Vivo, Claro and TIM would amount to BRL 16.6 billion. Read more

  • Thursday, 03 November 2016

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