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Brazil to launch national internet expansion plan

February 2 2017

The Brazilian government will launch a national internet expansion plan to connect 75 percent of Brazilians with fixed and mobile connections in two years, compared to the current 60 percent, reports Folha de Sao Paulo. The plan should be announced in Q1, as soon as the bill that modifies the telecommunications licensing framework is sent to President Michel Temer for signing. 

The coverage goal for 2018 will depend on the resources available. According to calculations by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, it will cost BRL 30 billion initially. Of the total, about BRL 10 billion will result from the exchange of fines already applied by Anatel to the operators for network investment commitments. Another BRL 20 billion will come from the change in the fixed telephony concession contracts to licenses.

 

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