Saturday, January 28, 2012

Anatel begins the process of reducing the tariff fixed mobile

Starting from the Feb. 24, consumers will pay less for calls from fixed to mobile telephone. The Governing Board of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has defined this Wednesday, 24/01, the value of the rates of these calls will be reduced. On average, the reduction will be 10% of the amounts paid by consumers.

The decision is part of a standard of Anatel, approved in October 2011, which states that users should benefit from tariff reductions, gradually, until 2014. The idea is to allow users to gain up to 45% with respect to the payment of telephone charges.

By the decision of Anatel, slowly, users will pay less. In total, the agency seeks to promote the reduction in three stages - with the application of reducing 18%, 12% and 10%, respectively, over the next three years in the rate of calls between fixed and mobile, or VC, in the jargon sector, for the Value of Communication.

By the end of last year, consumers paid on average £ 0.54 per call from landline to mobile. The idea is that they spend from February to pay $ 0.48. Then in 2013, I paid $ 0.44 and in 2014, R $ 0.425.

The standard was published in November 2011. After publication, the telephone companies had 20 days to implement the measure. In case of non-compliance, the Anatel said it will take action against these companies. The regulatory agency's decision to intensify the competition between the telcos, especially in the TIM, which owns Intelig though, is that most feel the effect of reducing the VU-M, since Oi, Claro and Telefonica have fixed operations and mobile, and on that basis, must balance potential losses.

In October last year, the Director of Regulatory Affairs at TIM Brazil, Mario Girasole, told Digital Convergence, charging regulatory asymmetry. "If you will move in VU-M, interconnection charge, have to get the ball rolling at wholesale. GVT, which has always demanded, even in court the reduction of the tariff, also recalled the time that despite the proposed reduction - from $ 0, 54 to R $ 0.42 by 2014, "the interconnection rate will remain even as one of the most expensive in the world."

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