Brazil's Anatel introduces new pro-competition regulations

Brazil's telecom regulator Anatel has put new rules on the table to drive competition in the country's telecom market.

Under its General Plan for Competition (PGMC), which it will submit for a 45-day public review, the rules address incumbent telcos that would be required to open their networks to competitive service providers.

The PGMC would create three units that telecom providers would fund: a unit to provide price comparisons on services; a grouping of companies that don't have well-known brand recognition; and a supervisory unit that would help resolve any potential conflicts between service providers.

One of the key elements of the proposal is to create more affordable broadband packages by requiring telcos to increase their Internet traffic exchange points from 16 to 51. But the ruling isn't just about traditional voice and data. The plan also addresses pay-TV services by proposing that users should be allowed to buy their own decoders.

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