Light Reading
TIM Brasil and Claro launch 3G services in the 2.1 GHz band, having received licenses this week from regulator Anatel

Brazil Issues 3G Licenses

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading
5/2/2008
50%
50%

Brazilian telecom regulator Anatel this week doled out 3G licenses for the 2.1 GHz band that operators won in its December 2007 auction, and the likes of TIM Participacoes S.A. (TIM Brasil) and América Móvil S.A. de C.V. subsidiary Claro immediately kicked off services.

Carriers have already begun launching 3G services in the 850 MHz band, but the licenses for the 2.1 GHz band cover major cities such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and the capital Brasilia.

Anatel had initially ruled against using the 850 MHz band for 3G, making carriers wait for the auction of UMTS licenses for 1.9 GHz–2.1 GHz frequencies, but on October 31 last year it said it would allow carriers to use any frequency.

TIM Brasil, a subsidiary of Telecom Italia, began offering services in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro yesterday, having already launched in six state capitals in the 850 MHz band on April 16, and intends to provide coverage to all of the country's 26 state capitals by the end of the year. The carrier has tapped Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) for WCDMA/HSPA gear to upgrade its 2G network in eight states. (See Ericsson to Supply Brazil.)

It's also using equipment from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Nokia Networks , and handsets from Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), and Samsung Corp.

The country's second largest operator, TIM Brasil is offering its 3G applications, including mobile broadband, 11 TV channels, and video calling, free of charge until the end of June to entice users to try out the service.

Claro, which began rolling out services in the 850 MHz band in 37 cities back in November, launched its 2.1 GHz operations on Wednesday.

Claro has deployed HSDPA equipment from Huawei and Ericsson, and plans to invest BRL2 billion (US$1.2 billion) in building out its 3G network coverage this year. (See Ericsson Wins Claro Deal .) Claro, Brazil’s third largest operator, says it will introduce a prepaid 3G broadband offering in the second half of the year.

Vivo Participacoes SA , the country’s largest mobile operator, already runs a CDMA 1xEVDO network in 24 cities, but it also signed new licenses for the 2.1 GHz band.

According to a statement from Anatel, operators will be required to provide 3G coverage to 3,800 cities within eight years, and in the first two years bring mobile services to 1,836 cities that are without coverage.

Brazil, which ranks fifth in Light Reading's Top 10 Emerging Mobile Markets 2007, now has more than 125 million mobile subscribers, but coverage remains spotty for smaller towns because 2G licenses only require operators to cover towns with populations over 30,000.

Anatel says that within eight years, it expects at least 60 percent of towns with populations below 30,000 to have access to 3G services and the remaining 40 percent to be able to receive 2G services.

— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
Liberty Global Sees Business Goldmine

12|18|14   |     |   (0) comments


Steen Sorensen, VP of business services for Liberty Global, explains where the giant international MSO sees growth potential.
LRTV Documentaries
EE: The Road to 5G

12|16|14   |   16:02   |   (1) comment


Andy Sutton, the principal network architect at UK mobile operator EE, explains how his company is using Wembley stadium as a wireless test bed and how that's helping EE to plan the evolution to 5G.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Highlights of Huawei's NFV Open Cloud Forum 2014

12|16|14   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei hosted its inaugural NFV Open Cloud Forum during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Forum brought together technology thought leaders, senior executives and telecom professionals from global carriers, industry associations, as well as other partner companies in the ecosystem, to exchange views on and collectively explore how ...
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing Operators' Digital Vision

12|16|14   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


Leveraging technology is fundamental to digital transformation but understanding customers and serving them really well is at the heart of digital businesses. TM Forum lists the following as the strategic pillars of the digital business: business agility and rapid innovation, operational agility and effectiveness, IT and data centricity, plus customer centricity. ...
LRTV Documentaries
US Cellular Injects Analytics Into LTE

12|16|14   |   2:57   |   (1) comment


US Cellular's Mario Vela explains how the operator uses analytics for network planning and what comes next as the carrier looks to eke more value out of its metrics.
LRTV Interviews
How Cox Biz Plans to Keep Growing

12|15|14   |     |   (1) comment


Steve Rowley, SVP of Cox Business, details how the third-biggest US MSO intends to boost its revenues to $2 billion and beyond over the rest of the decade
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Interview With Bill Zhang, Director of SoftCOM Product Management, Huawei

12|15|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Bill Zhang elaborated on Huawei's open philosophy in NFV solution development and network architecture design at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Event Highlights: Huawei at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014

12|15|14   |   3:43   |   (0) comments


Huawei joined the 2014 SDN & OpenFlow Congress as one of the key sponsors and contributors. At the event, Huawei reinforced the openness and flexibility of its network infrastructure strategies, and provided updates on its SDN and NVF innovations. Through participations at the exhibitions, forums and speeches, Huawei encouraged the industry to "think bigger and ...
LRTV Interviews
How Cable Biz Services Hit $10B Mark

12|12|14   |     |   (1) comment


Cable operators reached $10 billion in annual business services revenues by delving deeper into their vertical markets and expanding beyond the smallest firms.
LRTV Documentaries
Mediacom Aims to Test Connected Tractors

12|11|14   |   05:07   |   (3) comments


Cable business service provider is taking its services to the 'agribusiness' sector in partnership with farm equipment specialist John Deere and is getting involved in Gigabit Cities developments.
LRTV Interviews
TWC Business Looks Beyond $3B

12|10|14   |     |   (0) comments


TWC Business Services chief Phil Meeks explains how his unit has reached $3 billion in annual revenues and what its plans are for next year.
LRTV Documentaries
AT&T's New Security Strategy

12|10|14   |   02:36   |   (1) comment


AT&T's Chief Security Officer Ed Amoroso explains how his company is wrapping virtual security layers around micro network domains.
Upcoming Live Events
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Hot Topics
Vodafone to Ride T-Mobile Back Into US
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 12/12/2014
1-Gig: Coming to a Small Town Near You
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 12/17/2014
T-Mobile, BlackBerry Flirt With Reuniting
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 12/17/2014
Gardner's Departure a Cautionary Tale
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 12/12/2014
Cisco Makes Big Analytics Push
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 12/11/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Archive