Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Broadband: Operators require different rules for custormers from different profiles

Even without a definition in the negotiations between the Ministry of Communications and utilities on new telephony universalization targets - in addition to commitments on the provision of broadband - the telcos are going to present a new proposal to the government about the expansion of Internet usage in the country .

This proposal will be based on a study being done at the request of businesses, by consultancy and LCA, according to executive director Sinditelebrasil, Eduardo Levy, will be presented in June. The month marks both the conclusion of the LCA study and the implementation of the annual meeting of the Panel Telebrasil telcos, which this year will be in Brasilia.

Judging by the presentation of Levy in a hearing on Tuesday, 10 / 5, the Chamber of Deputies, the operators will return to themes dear to the sector, such as reduced taxes, increased availability of spectrum licenses and new services. But they must also touch on a controversial point: the Internet offers various different "types" of consumers.

"We want goals consistent with the profile of consumers, with different regulations for different demands," said executive director Sinditelebrasil. That means offering different packages - depending on the capacity of each client - not a basic package of 1Mbps the ceiling of $ 35, as the government wants. "If we want the same speed to any customer for any application, it will cost," he added.

Moreover, the evaluation of telcos is that the supply of services can be divided into three groups. In one, the demand and the ability to fund the service makes the market respond naturally. Already a buffer zone requires incentives for investment. And finally, a group that needs subsidies to be financed with the funds industry.

The government, in turn, returned to vigorously defend them more meaningful participation of the state as a promoter of competition in the market. Less reticent than in recent public appearances, the Ministry of Communications held the Union's need for investment in networks.

"The National Plan for Broadband is infrastructure, regulation and production and technological policy. In part of the infrastructure we need to invest $ 7 billion in backhaul to cover all cities with more than 30 000 inhabitants in the next four years. The production policy is to support local technology and regulation have different priorities, "said Secretary of Telecommunications, Minicom, Nelson Fujimoto.

These priorities were listed by the Minister Paulo Bernardo in a letter delivered to the FCC advisers during a meeting at the agency last week. According to Fujimoto, the government's expectation is that at least all the regulations mentioned come into public consultation later this year.

The list contains the general plans and goals for Universal Race (3 PGMU and PGMC) - the latter with measures relating to the unbundling and sharing of networks - and the regulation of EILD table of values ​​(ie, the wholesale network), the auctions for the bands 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz, the new regulation of cable TV regulation and review of the CV, which is a component of cost of using the telephone and has a direct impact on the VU-M, the rate of interconnection with mobile telephony. This item, by the way, was an explicit request of the Hi in the negotiations with Minicom.

Rounding out the list of priorities of quality regulations Communications Service (WCS), conflict resolution and to encourage research, development and innovation in telecommunications. And finally, the review of public money by the law of the Operation of Telecommunications Services and the Law of Exploration Satellite (PPDESS) to reduce the current £ 9000 the amount to be paid for permits to operators of smaller SCM coverage .

Different rules for customers from different profiles are very important. However, all rules for all customers shall provide QoS for customers ( bandwidth, availability, response time, etc)

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