Anatel to Inspect Telecom Standards

Bnamericas Published: Friday, January 08, 1999
Brazilian telecommunications regulator Anatel can and will begin inspecting telecommunications operators to ensure they are meeting the required standards, Anatel president Renato Navarro Guerreiro said. Companies can be fined up to US$33mn for failing to meet these benchmarks, in spite of the fact that contracts signed with Anatel don't come into effect until December this year, he said. "Anatel does not have the jurisdiction to investigate or control acts which are purely related to ownership, without any impact on competition," said a reply by Portugal Telecom (NYSE: PT), which holds a controlling stake in mobile operator Telesp Celular Participacoes (NYSE: TCP). On January 25, Anatel inspectors will meet with executives from Rio de Janeiro State operator Telerj, one of the most heavily criticized operators in the country. Some 60,000 clients have paid for a new telephone line, but are still awaiting installation. Telerj has offered compensation in the form of three free pre-paid cards and free voicemail until their line is installed, which has been promised by February at the latest.

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