Luiz Fernando de Castro Bourdot, director access engineering at Embratel Brasil is taking part in a panel discussion on Day Two of the Broadband LATAM conference taking place on the 2nd and 3rd July at the at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we find out more about Embratel is getting ready for the data surge ahead of the sporting events taking place in the country in the next few years.
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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.
Rogerio Takayanagi, CEO of TIM Fiber, Brasil, is speaking on Day One of the Broadband LATAM conference taking place on 2-3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how Brazil’s broadband infrastructure is developing at a pace and how TIM Brasil is readying itself for the rapid expansion of demand for data in the country.
Brazilian operator Claro Brazil has signed an agreement with M2M platform provider Jasper Wireless to serve its M2M customers across 2,000 cities in Brazil.
Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.
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.
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.
Telecoms regulator Anatel has stopped three of the four biggest Brazilian mobile operators from selling new mobile lines in an attempt to improve the country’s network infrastructure. Telecom Italia’s subsidiary TIM Brasil, America Movil’s unit Claro and local operator Oi are banned from acquiring new clients in selected states across the country. This measure was taken because of the growing number of complaints that Anatel has received since last year.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Alberto Boaventura is a technology consultant for Oi, Brazil, with a focus on technology strategy and service integration. He is presenting on Day One of the LTE Latin America 2012 conference taking place on the taking place on the 17-18 April 2012 at the Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Here he gives his views on FDD and TDD spectrum for LTE, the timelines for VoLTE and the innovations present in the LTE industry.
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 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 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.
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.
Spanish carrier Telefónica said Wednesday that it has finally reached an agreement with Portugal Telecom over the acquisition of Brazilian operator Vivo.
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.
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.