Anatel tweaks regulation to boost MVNOs

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Brazilian telecoms watchdog Anatel has made changes to its mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) regulation with the aim of unlocking the segment.

Brazil's MVNO regulation goes back to 2010 but virtual operators account for less than 408,000 of the country's nearly 258mn mobile lines, according to Anatel's January numbers.

Following an internal review and a public consultation process, the regulator modified two articles of the regulation and published the new terms in Tuesday's edition of the federal gazette.

There are two types of MVNO license in Brazil: the authorized model, a kind of "full-MVNO" license in which the company uses the network of a carrier but has the obligations of a typical mobile operator; and the accredited one, in which the MVNO basically sells chips, but has fewer obligations.

Essentially, MVNOs licensed as accredited will now be able to be controlled by or to control other authorized or accredited MVNOs in the same area.

The same company will also be able to be either type of MVNO in the same area.

Currently, five companies have licenses to operate as authorized MVNOs in Brazil: EuTV, Porto Seguro Telecomunicacoes, Terapar Participações, Datora Mobile Telecomunicacoes and Virgin Mobile Telecomunicacoes.

Of these, only Porto Seguro, Datora and Terapar are active, while EuTV operates as an "MVNO of MNVOs."

Alô Serviços de Telefonia Móvel is the only accredited MVNO.

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