Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mercadante: Challenge is to transform C & T and Innovation as the focus of development

In the natural knowledge, Mercadante believes that Brazil is already a major player worldwide. But it lacks the country fits into the Knowledge Society. Only then, he said, will cease being mere suppliers of raw masterpieces.

The minister believes that Brazil needs to create a "Embrapa " Science and Technology, especially in the area of Information Technology as a way of creating a culture of research, development and innovation. In the case of oil, for example, cited the case of Venezuela, who was a prisoner of diversifying the economy in sectors of high and medium technology. "We need not make the mistakes that others have committed, " he said.


The minister Mercadante presented to officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology investment projects that are on the way from Brazil. By the end of June, for example, the Brazilian government will receive U.S. $ 50 million in equipment from Huawei, within the $ 300 million to be invested by a Chinese company in Brazil, for research in cloud computing. But a lack of regulation from MCT to use these resources.

In addition, Mercadante believe that in six years Foxconn is structured in the country with a "smart city", which should generate 100,000 jobs in Brazil.

Deficit of engineers leads the government to prioritize career

n the field of training of human resources in S & T, the indices show that Brazil has grown over the past 10 years. But there is still a deficit in training new engineers, leading the government to soon launch a program to encourage specific courses and training new engineers.

Likewise, the country produces a lot of content in relation to scientific research and is well positioned globally in this segment. But sin time to translate these studies into patents.

The provision of Broadband, Mercadante underscores the minister, is also deficient in schools and needs to be increased immediately, as the government needs to increase the number of scholarships abroad to enter the young scientist in major world centers of knowledge.

The Minister of Science and Technology also noted that the president Rousseff announced a program aimed at creating 75,000 scholarships funded by the government in three years. "Especially nanas engineering and accurate, which is where our greatest deficit, " he said.

Covenants are being studied and discussed with major institutions in the United States, China, Korea and Japan, to lead the fellows to do specialization abroad.

Facing such a challenge, the goals that the ministry needs to achieve, Mercadante explained that he supports the idea of changing the name of the ministry, "Science, Innovation and Tecniologia (MCT & I).

Monday, June 13, 2011

Telcos want assurance resources on new targets for universal

Although satisfied with changes made by the ANATEL in the new plan targets of universal - ie, the withdrawal of obligations related to broadband - businesses, especially Oi and Telefonica still have reservations with the text already approved by the agency and who now depend on the possible adjustments of the Ministry of Communications and the Presidency.
In particular, the criticism remains that most of the devices provided in PGMU 3 is on rural telephony, or the new phone plan popular, is left to regulations to be published only after signing of the revision of the concession contracts.
"We still have concerns about the regulations which will be published after the event, and can not generate any imbalance. Also we have not had access to drafts of contracts, "said the director of regulation of Telefonica, Mark Bafutto.
The Oi, which in size is primarily responsible for achieving the new targets, even lists several complaints - especially the search guarantees that it will have the burden of grant funds (2% of revenues paid every two years) and Fust to pay for the appointments.
"The universalisation of rural areas is naturally deficient. Furthermore, our estimates are that despite the exchange of PUT [Oreillons] and use the balance of the backhaul, we still have discovered $ 2 billion, "said the director of regulatory Oi, Paul Matthews.
Tele still want some adjustments in the text as a reduction to 12 or 18 months to settle the accounts - of which the result of investments with hedge funds - and a change in the base assumptions for calculating the burden of grant.
"Although we have no standard contract, we know that it provides two illegalities: the computation of the 2% [burden of grant] will focus on interconnection revenues, when it should be only telephony, surveillance and forecasting of concealment, combined with remote monitoring Regulation of supervision, "complained Matthews.
In practice, there are views that the criticisms were also consumers, the executive director of Sinditelebrasil, Eduardo Levy, seemed to give better definition to the new goals. "The proposed text is not good PGMU 3. Could you be more clear and precise. But we understand what it could be yet to come to the end of a painful process. "

Corruption with impunity in Telebras - Ethevaldo Siqueira

Brazil has no parliamentary opposition. If I did, things could be much more serious before the scandal of overcharging proven Telebras bidding. Check with me, reader. If you think you saw it here on audacity, the reader, begin to change their point of view. Reflect on the significance of this fact: the Court of Audit (TCU) has acknowledged the overpayment of $ 43 million (instead of $ 121 million, effectively proven by Secob-3, internal organ of the court) on the floor 002/2010 Telebras. Still, TCU did not annul the bidding process. Determined that the prices were reduced, re-negotiated. It was like forgiving the thief, forcing him to simply return the wallet stolen.
The impossible happened: TCU proved with all letters overpricing occurred on a state company but decided not to seek the punishment of anyone or annul the bidding process. Even investigating overbilling of many millions, TCU did not annul the bidding process flawed. He ordered the review Telebras prices, reducing the values ​​inflated maliciously challenged on the floor.
What's more, even after discharging the illicit, the minisitro Communications, Paul Bernardo, publicly explain the reasons for the resignation of President Telebras, Rogerio Santanna, saying only that his resignation was due to a reformulation of the strategy of the National Plan Broadband (PNBL).
Given the findings of the auditors' report overpricing TCU, rather than cancel the bidding, Santanna decided to acknowledge the members of the ministers themselves Secob and TCU. Of course, for that reason alone, Rogerio Santanna should have been fired.
We are living in the era of make-believe in Brazil today. So much for TCU and for the Ministry of Communications, or, in short, to the federal government, there is no punishment in the scandal Telebras. Nobody says a word about the overpricing proven. A spokesman for the second step, poker face, asks me: "Scandal? It should be a thing of the sensationalist media. "
Our hope now is in the hands of the prosecutor, who is preparing to appeal the decision in the same way that Seteh Engineering, a company that reported to the TCU overpricing occurred in Telebras.
We're talking about public money, the reader. How many schools or hospitals - or other essential works - could be built with $ 121 million? What is now the federal government? He dismisses the president of Telebras, Rogerio Santanna, but gives no word on a more serious problem and uses traditional desculpinhas, generic phrases to convince us that just doing some "reflections on the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), which still does not take off.
Drowning scandals
It is clear that the episode is even worse than the rapid enrichment of Minister Antonio Palocci, because in the case of Telebras, the facts found by the alleged unlawful TCU - a court that generally does not bow to political interests, especially in the case administration of state enterprises.
Indeed, the history of the "new" Telebras has been a succession of illegal acts of courage, of will and equipping of a state whose past deserved so ashamed. Reactivated without the slightest regard for legality, by decree, changing its basic functions - that in the model state, as the telecommunications holding company, had never been operating. Of course the government, for its ideological guidelines, it could take the initiative in their recreation, but should send the bill to Congress specific.
Reactivated in 2010, an election year, against the Ministry of Communications, the folder to which is subject by law, under all the pressure Rogerio Santanna and his friends, who had a direct interest in the position of president of the state, Telebrás accumulates a mountain Absurd and illegalities. At an extraordinary general meeting, changed its bylaws to allow, among other things, the creation of subsidiaries.
Worsening the picture
In just one year of new existence, Telebrás can further worsen its image as committed in the period of extinction, indecent assault by processes and handling multimillion-dollar severance of their actions in the months before his reinstatement. Imagine what they earned those who speculate, knowing that the company would even be reactivated to the point of achieving recovery of about 36,000% of its shares.
Now, the new phase, the state begins its overpriced bidding, conducted on-the-box, under tight deadlines, without proper consultation with suppliers and customers and traditional sources of government itself, to allow more than $ 120 million by seep drain.
We have not hit rock bottom, my dear reader. Do not be surprised with new scandals. They are being prepared in a slow fire.
It would be very hard to ask that a PT government extinguished a state created, above all, to give jobs to friends. For more naive as it may seem, however, is exactly what we again ask the Minister of Communications and the president.

Source: http://blogs.estadao.com.br/ethevaldo-siqueira/2011/06/04/quem-falou-em-escandalo/

Friday, June 10, 2011

Broadband: ANATELindicates urgency for pro-competition measures

The scenario described by the ANATEL is clear urgency of the adoption of mechanisms to encourage competition in Telecom in most of the country, especially when addressed the issue of control of infrastructure - although it is clear that companies still have many differences on the measures be implemented.
According to a diagnosis made by the adviser John Rao, rapporteur of the General Plan Competition (PGMC), a reasonable market competition in wholesale networks, for example, is restricted to 24 cities in the country when considering the type of EILD local - would be 913 municipalities in the case of long distance EILD.
And even a generous review of the agency, considering that there is competition in broadband where three companies have at least 10% of each market, effective competition would be restricted to 1200 of 5600 municipalities in the country. Or in the case of fixed interconnection market, there is simply no contest - which did not prevent the director of the OI Company, Paulo Mattos, stating that, in Brazil, "there is a [company] monopoly."
Still, there are many differences on what will eventually become the PGMC. Rao, who participated on Tuesday, 7 / 6, the 26th Meeting Telesíntese, emphasized the general principles of the report is ready, but still goes a long way, be the first vote on the Board, then to a public consultation and until finally it can be voted again by the agency.
The main point of the document, at least currently, is that the agency will determine where the markets are not competitive in the country and, within them, act on those companies that, also by definition of the regulator, maintaining Significant Market Power - based on a series of assumptions ranging from market share to access the funding, through control of infrastructure.
From this, measures would be adopted, for example, the determination that those companies make public offerings of SMP services, wholesale, as EILD, interconnect or passive infrastructure (ducts, etc.). And so far, will avenge the idea that it is analyzed and operated by a managing entity of the offers made by companies - with a mandatory participation in such entity for SMPs.
This is a point where companies show many differences. While Hi maintains that it is a viable environment for these negotiations as wide - on the grounds it would give competitors the power, in practice, define investment - TIM believes that this instance requires at least a phase of transition, a mediation before the verifiable lack of understanding between the companies over, especially, offers infrastructure.
"It's very expensive to duplicate infrastructure. What we need is transparency in the market so that there is dispersion, no wastage of investment. Today, the groups that control the infrastructure is difficult to transact using this infrastructure to then fight in the end, the final consumer, "Rao maintained.
He even pointed out, however, that there are still many open issues in PGMC, such as setting a minimum percentage of shareable infrastructure with minimal or index to a backhaul to be made available to third parties. Also under discussion is the expansion - and what would it be - of Internet Exchange Points (IXPs).
Moreover, there are some signs that companies do not scare utilities, such as withdrawal, the markets understand that the FCC already competitive, existing asymmetries. Moreover, according to the counselor Rapporteur, there is the idea, although that is a point at which there should be adjustments that the new networks will not be any kind of sharing.

Source:   http://convergenciadigital.uol.com.br/cgi/cgilua.exe/sys/start.htm?infoid=26557&sid=11#.TfJMQOdyugM;twitter

Thursday, June 09, 2011

First Ever Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) Successful Testing at SuperOp 2011

SuperOp is the premier testing event of the telecommunications industry for multimedia communication standards and products. Organized and conducted by the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), SuperOp is a yearly meeting of all the greatest engineers from the industry’s leading companies to develop unified telecommunication products and services worldwide.
And SuperOp! 2011 did not fail to come up with surprising and cutting edge technology this year! The focus was set on testing equipment and services interoperability on IP, 3G and LTE networks. One of the main attractions was the completion of the first successful Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) test on a live LTE infrastructure. To complete such an achievement, Ericsson, Intel Mobile, RADVISION, Samsung and ST-Ericsson all worked over a complete live LTE infrastructure provided by Huawei. The development of a fully interoperable and high-quality voice service on a common User Network Interface (UNI) represents a significant milestone to all operators in the deployment of such service to a commercial end.
Several more VoLTE interoperability testings are scheduled for this year both independently by the IMTC and with other industry consortia like MSF and ETSI. The IMTC also reiterated its proposition to all telecommunication industry players (operators and equipment manufacturers) to join and cooperate in the VoLTE interoperability service testings to facilitate its worldwide delivery.
The implementation of VoLTE is now viable in foreseeable future for the mobile community and should encourage operators to develop a whole new “voice ecosystem” for their next generation mobile broadband networks.

LTE Subscriptions Higher than Expected!

The latest market statistics indicate that LTE’s subscriber database is growing more rapidly than originally expected. The main industry players welcome this as good news, however they are now facing a delicate time in terms of LTE development and customer expectations.
ABI Research‘s latest report “Global Mobile Subscriber Database” shows that demand for fast wireless and mobile data connections has increased tremendously due to consumers’ growing acceptance of replacing fixed lines with wireless solutions. This has had a very positive effect on the LTE industry. By the first quarter of 2011, Verizon Wireless activated half a million LTE-enabled devices while Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network reaching the amazing number of 25,000 new LTE subscriptions during the same period.
This state of grace in the LTE industry is said to last. In the US, the number of LTE subscribers is forecasted to reach 85 million by 2016 (out of 387 million mobile subscriptions). More and more operators announce network launches or widened network coverage. And consumers are getting used to enjoying high speed and high quality data transmission to their smartphones and tablets. Streaming hours of video and other higher-bandwidth applications are replacing the traditional three-minute call. Consumers expect higher speed, better quality and global coverage, challenging operators to find ever more ambitious solutions.
Nowadays, operators not only have to increase their coverage but they also have to increase and update their existing tower base to support the significant jump in wireless network usage. These used to be able to support thousands of calls and texts at the same time (a few megabytes altogether) but today the average traffic per user now reaches 85 megabytes for a single web surfing smartphone and approaches the gigabyte for tablets and other internet devices. Service providers are facing a serious bandwidth issue and need to develop new use-based charges that won’t drive the customer away and that will enable them to support their operating costs. A change in the revenue model seems inevitable and a few other solutions are being discussed to minimize the issue. Offloading LTE links to WiFi when available or extra-priced services by the equipment developers are among the considered temporary solutions.
LTE’s future seems bright and growth is assured. On the consumer side, efficient networks and high speed data transmission can be expected. But, on the other hand, the industry still has to face a growing  number of issues that might even oblige them to operate at a loss in a much nearer future than expected.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Broadband, cloud computing and IPv6 networks under discussion in Redes 2011

Tuesday, 7 / 6, experts and managers of media companies and IT meet in Brasilia to discuss issues like the future of telephone networks in the corporate world, new business applications of broadband fixed and mobile, cloud computing and the new generation Internet protocol, IPv6.

The event, Redes 2011, will have discussions with the presidents of Telebras, Caio Bonilla, and Serpro, Mark Mazoni, and the new secretary of Digital Inclusion, Ministry of Communications, Lygia Pupatto.

Beside the technology areas of the State Bank of Brazil and Caixa Dataprev, besides the Cobra, companies such as Intelligence, Huawei, Tropic, Motorola and Oberthur will address the use of broadband fixed and mobile network virtualization and the future of telephony in the corporate world.

The Redes 2011 held in the auditorium of Finatec at the University of Brasilia.

Anatel gets suggestions for bidding for the 3.5 GHz WiMAX

The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) promotes, on next Friday, 9 / 6, in Brasilia, the first public hearing on the proposed new bid for the auction of radio frequencies in the sub-band of 3,400 MHz to 3,600 MHz, for the provision of services through WiMax networks.
May participate in the auction companies of Multimedia Communication Service (MCS) concession Telephone Service (STFC) and mobile operators individually or through consortia.
The proposal is available for contributions to society through the Public Consultation No. 23. The text remains in the Iterative Monitoring of Public Consultation (SACP) until day 24 / 6.
The hearing will be held at the Cultural Anatel (SAUS, Block 6, Block C, Brasilia, Federal District), from 10am to 13.30. The second is scheduled for 16 / 6 in the auditorium of the Federal Public Ministry in São Paulo (Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antonio, 2020, Bela Vista), also from 10am to 13.30.
Anatel expects arouse interest of small and medium businesses for the auction of new frequencies. The auction will include 70 service areas, three corresponding to Regions I, II and III of the General Authorization for Personal Mobile Services. The others are the cities of each of the 67 registration areas.
According to the agency, the notice also encourages the development of national industry with the requirement of commitment to acquire domestic product technology, as Ordinance No. 950 of Ministry of Science and Technology, 2006.
Coverage area of ​​service
The winners will meet in cities from 100 000 inhabitants and between 30 and 100 000 residents. The auction will be conducted in three phases with the expansion of the limit of radio frequency which can be purchased by group at each stage, allowing for greater effectiveness in the outcome of the bidding.
The first auction of licenses for sale of 3.5 GHz for WiMax was conducted by Anatel in 2006, but was challenged in court by local dealers fixed and suspended by the Court of Audit (TCU). Since then, ANATEL  has been studying changes in the announcement.

SK Telecom has plan to operating on Brazil

SK Telecom, mobile operator in Korea, presented a proposal to the Brazilian government to act in the Country Company representatives were meeting with the Minister of Communications (Minicom) Paul Bernardo, detailing plans for local operation.
The visit was continuing the conversations begun during the minister's trip to South Korea in early May. At the time, SK Telecom said it has had in developing a specific proposal for activities in Brazil, especially encompassing the provision of broadband.
"Now they came to confirm this proposal. The company is working flat - the staff of engineering, legal, regulatory, "said the minister. He said the carrier's representatives have already made a technical visit to the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), and the next two or three weeks, must have a concrete proposal to present to the Brazilian government.
The minister emphasized that for SK Telecom to operate in Brazil, one must still complete some regulatory issues and hold competitive tenders for services. According to him, the company's entry in the Brazilian telecommunications market is important, because Korea has high speed internet in 100% of the households and is recognized as one of the most developed countries in terms of telecommunications.
Paul Bernardo also said that SK Telecom has more than half of mobile telephony in the country and has earned more than $ 80 billion annually. "If they confirm the readiness to play here, we will most certainly move a boost for what is most important for Brazil: losing internet better and more affordable for the population," he added.

Source: http://computerworld.uol.com.br/telecom/2011/06/06/operadora-movel-sk-telecom-apresenta-plano-de-atuacao-no-brasil/

MEC seeking options for connecting rural schools with wireless broadband

Later this year, all 62,000 schools in the public schools of Brazil located in urban areas have broadband. The information is the technology advisor to the board of the National Education Development (ENDF), Wellington Mozarth Moura, who says the next challenge of the organ, attached to the Ministry of Education (MEC) is to connect those establishments which are in remote regions .
The delivery of broadband in schools is part of the universalization targets negotiated between the federal government and telecom operators. Moura said that in three years about 56 000 public schools have received the service, leaving approximately 6000 to telcos meet a quota of 62 000 establishments required.
The next step now is to meet the schools are in rural areas, which are more than 100 000. Of this total, only 7,000 have been granted access. Although the number is higher than the urban areas, the coach says they focus less students.
"Approximately 85% of students in public schools are in urban schools and only 15% study in rural schools," Moura explained. He explains that the challenge of connecting rural schools is higher because of the lack of network infrastructure.
According to the aide of ENDF, MEC is trying to give internet access to rural schools through the digital inclusion program in E-Government Citizen Service Center (GESAC), who will bid around 17 000 points by satellite.
But he said that Brazil does not have satellite capacity to meet all this demand. The government hopes to resolve this problem with the sale of the 450 MHz, which delivers broadband through 3G networks.
As the telcos did not show interest for this band and Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, hinted during the panel Telebrasil, held this week, assessing ways to compel operators to meet rural regions.
Other challenges: In addition to delivering access to rural schools, the Education Ministry wants to increase the speed of access. According to Moura, only 30% of the approximately 56 000 schools have already connected up to 2 Mbps connection. The remaining 70% surf the net with 1 Mbps. "We have to have a plan to manage access and use the internet wisely," says Moura.
Another homework FNDE is to deliver content and computers both for teachers and for students. The agency created the portal of the professor and the government is trying to implement the program of educational laptop, which entered the second phase, encouraging states and municipalities to buy laptops with funding from the Banco National Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

source: http://computerworld.uol.com.br/telecom/2011/06/03/mec-busca-opcoes-para-conectar-escolas-rurais-com-banda-larga/

Friday, June 03, 2011

Anatel approves PGMU for the period 2011 to 2015

The Director Advisor of Anatel approved at Thursday, 2 / 6, the proposed General Plan for Universal Fixed Switched Telephone Service (PGMU) for the period 2011 to 2015. The text now goes for consideration by the Advisory Board of the Agency and the Ministry of Communications, which will forward it for approval of the Presidency. The PGMU is established by presidential decree.
One thrust of the proposed new PGMU is to extend telephone services to individual and collective about 30 million Brazilians distributed in approximately 8 million rural households. The proposal provides that up to 108 000 public telephones are installed in rural areas - obligatory in schools and health clinics - and in settlements, maroon communities, indigenous villages, public airfields, stations in the federal highway police units for conservation and sustainable use of military organizations on demand.
It is estimated that providing individual access to reach more than 80% of rural households by 2015, with the use of wireless technologies. It is also envisaged the deployment of Service Stations Multifacilidades in rural cooperatives, on demand. At stations, users will have access to voice, Internet and digital imaging equipment.
As expected, the text retains the obligation to offer the Special Class Individual Access (AICE). The revision of the rules of the service, currently in Anatel, provides assistance to families receiving the family allowance program under appropriate conditions. The FCC's proposal should benefit many of the 13 million households served by the program. Currently, the IAEC has about 184,000 subscribers.
Already the target of public telephones density (number of public telephones per thousand inhabitants group) will be required for each municipality, rather than in relation to the area of ​​service provision. In addition, operators must implement an information system, monitoring and management of the occupation of public telephones, to enable better monitoring of availability and usage.
The obligation to be a pay phone to up to 300 meters away from anywhere in town, also still on. Well as the goals of care with existing public telephone booths in localities with more than one hundred inhabitants with access to individual locations with more than three hundred inhabitants. Thus, in 2010 were met 745 new locations, with 169 and 576 with individual access to public phones. In 2009, 761 new places were treated with 232 and 529 with individual access to public phones.
Likewise, the targets were kept in force for the installation of network infrastructure to support wireline broadband connection (Decree 6.424/2008).
(*) With information from the FCC.

Telcos urge adoption of a Master Plan for TIC

From Brazil:
In closing the 55 th Panel Telebrasil, with the release of the Charter of Brasilia, in this Thursday, 02/06, operators stressed the need to create differentiated public policies to expand the supply of services to citizens.
The Charter of Brasilia addresses different issues - such as the use of contingent resources sector funds, encouraging innovation and incentives for the deployment of Internet cafes and telecentres in areas with lower income concentration, but has as a key point, the adoption of a master plan for ICT.
The Digital Convergence provides the focal point of the document. They are:
1) Encourage the adoption of a Master Plan for ICT so as to increase access to services, terminals and content, ensuring the achievement of citizenship and social inclusion of the Brazilian population.
2) Direct public policies to address specific deficiencies and give the regulatory treatment different areas with different needs, encouraging demand for Internet access services in accordance with the profile of the consumer markets, encouraging the expansion of coverage of local infrastructure and conditions service delivery.
3) Promote the simplification of rules and services and maintain the stability and predictability of the regulatory framework, ensuring the continuity of investment required for the upgrade permanent infrastructure to support converged services and quality.
4) To stimulate demand for ICT and promote the expansion of digital inclusion programs, encouraging the deployment of Internet cafes and telecentres in areas with lower income concentration. Allow the application of resources in service sector funds access to information and direct subsidy to the consumer.
5) Next on programs and projects of digital education and training of students and teachers in public schools of basic education and the creation of digital training centers for the population that is already in the labor market as a way to ensure sustainable growth and long-term in Brazil.
6) Apply broad and intensive ICT in the operating routines of government and public services to improve management, efficiency, performance and competitiveness, and
7) Encourage innovation and support the ICT industry, strengthening the research centers and technological development, seeking to meet the demands of the global market.
In an interview with CDTV, Portal Digital Convergence, the executive director of Telebrasil, Eduardo Levy, speaking of the main points of the Charter of Brasilia. The 55 th Telebrasil Panel addressed the issue "Complete Solutions with Information Technology and Communication in broadband - levers for social inclusion and global competitiveness."

Brazilian Government can tow 2.5 GHz to 450 MHz to force interest from telcos

As the range of 2.5 GHz has strong interest from telcos, the Ministry of Communications warn of the possibility of tying the purchase of spectrum in rural investment, using the 450 MHz, where there is no clear indication of interest from utilities "There is a historical debt of the government and telcos with the rural area and we will move it," said Paul Bernardo. Better use of the band, assured the minister, must be set soon.
The Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, took part in Thursday, 02/06, the 55th Telebrasil Panel. In his presentation, Bernardo made it clear he is willing to negotiate with the telcos, but they also charge higher interest them to act in areas of less economic power.
"My criticism of the telcos are held. But trading is always necessary to improve service provision. The telcos need to go beyond what they are going. That is fact. We can not have both Brazilian with no option," said Bernard told reporters. And beyond.He said that operators can, and more than that must do more.
"There is a huge Mercadão where telcos are required to compete and do not understand how a company conforms to offer a service that meets just over 20% of the population, it is not reasonable. And I'll charge a lot. But the fact is that there is aother track we will have to negotiate universal, and we will do it, "he added.
The decision to tow the 450 MHz to 2.5 GHz happens after the telcos do not show interest in having the 450 MHz band as a 'digital dividend' by the new General Plan on Universal Service, approved by Anatel on Thursday "It's an idea yes. We need the service in the rural area and we will make it happen," he said. From the standpoint of technology, linking the 2.5 GHz to 450 MHz can be attractive - 2.5 GHz has the capacity, and 450 MHz coverage.
But there are also critical, according to the telcos. The main one: The lack of scale for the provision of terminal services at 450 MHz, since the track is little used worldwide."The cost of the apparatus of 450 MHz is very expensive. The business plan is not secured. If government policies create attraction for these terminals to download a price, you can redo the math," said Mario Girasole, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Institutional Relations of the TIM. Follow the passage on the best use of the frequency range in Brazil in the presentation of the Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, on the 55th Telebrasil Panel.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Broadband in Brazil will require U$$ 100. billion over the next 10 years

Telecommunications companies are required investment estimate of $ 100 billion over the next 10 years, to grant Brazil a level of internet coverage consistent with what currently exists in developed countries.
The amount is part of a study commissioned by the telcos and also recognized the need for public funds, tax relief and allowances so that the objective is reached. And yet, most Brazilians could get access to the network only through telecentres or Internet cafes.
In the "no levers, or with the natural development of the market, internet penetration in the country would jump over the next decade, the current 21 accesses per 100 inhabitants for 45 - considering there both fixed and mobile connections. With incentives, the index over the same period, would reach 74 per 100.
The relationship of these incentives included traditional calls from telcos, such as reducing the tax burden, the release of new spectrum bands - notably the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz - new licenses and services. And, as already anticipated the SindiTelebrasil, advocates a "regulatory flexibility" and lower prices of the grants.
The list of "levers" also includes the direct participation of public resources, both in financial shape - with direct subsidies to particular groups or financing of access terminals and the use of sector funds - such as the use of infrastructure, ie access to private companies, for example, the fiber optic backbone that will be used in Telebras National Broadband Plan.
But even with increased investment and intense use of public incentives to telecom perspective is that something like a quarter of Brazilians continue without internet connection, except through public places, such as telecentres, Internet cafes or by that ensure collective access to low prices.
The government, whom the study is addressed, to accept the assumptions and discuss some proposals there included. But, according to Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo, companies should not rely on public resources, especially when there's still a great performance space has not been occupied by private enterprise.
"The market can not simply look to the government and ask for money because we will not give. At some point we may have to discuss some form of subsidy or measures of universal coverage, but if the market perceives itself that can meet 75% can not be satisfied by 25%. Need to change the policy of charging very few attend, "said the minister.
Within the telecommunications industry itself to the study commissioned LCA has been viewed with some caution. Executives at TIM, for example, questioned the presentation of a work that at no time deepens issues concerning infrastructure, when one of the main barriers to Internet market is due to the large concentration of networks in the hands of a few companies.
In fact, despite the fixed telephony operators control most of the data infrastructure of the country, the study makes no mention of sharing these networks as a way to increase competition and therefore the offer. In fact, the only mention of sharing occurs in the other direction, ie the use of public networks for private companies.