Brazil minister insists on broadband goals in landline concessions

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Brazilian communications minister Paulo Bernardo defended the inclusion of broadband goals in the review of the general universalization plan (PGMU) for fixed telephony concessions, which is expected to take place in 2015.

Concessions are expected to be renewed until 2025.

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Previously mentioned by Bernardo, the measure was openly defended this Monday by him at an event in Rio de Janeiro, according to local press.

According to the minister, the debate should be tied to the discussions regarding the Banda Larga para Todos (broadband for all) program announced by President Dilma Rousseff during her reelection campaign.

The program is estimated at 50bn reais (US$20bn) and the government expects to count on private investments to push it forward.

Bernardo is likely to leave office in Rousseff's second term and although he made no comment on his future, he said he has already made his position available to the president.

While highlighting his opposition to the consolidation trend in the local telecoms market, Bernardo also acknowledged that the sale of Portugal Telecom could be positive for Oi, by helping it alleviate its coffers.