Brazil's Telebras signs up first wholesale customer on national broadband network

Brazil took another step forward in its National Broadband Plan (PNBL) as government-owned service provider Telebras has secured a deal with ISP Sadnet to leverage the network to deliver services to consumers.

Sadnet, an ISP based in Santo Antonio do Descoberto, plans to begin marketing its new BRL 22.00 (USD 13.88) 1 Mbps service next month. This is an improvement over the current 100-200 Kbps speeds it offers for about BRL 29.90 (USD 18.87) and BRL 39.90 (USD 25.18).

Brazil's telecom regulator Anatel granted Telebras permission to provide broadband services directly to consumers when it issued a Multimedia Communication Service (SCM) license in January.

These moves are part of the PNBL's goal to make broadband access available on a nationwide basis by 2014 with 68 percent of homes covered by that year. Under this plan, consumers would be able to get a 512 Kbps connection for BRL 15.00 (USD 9.00) a, while a 784 Kbps connection would cost about BRL 35.00 (USD 20.00) a month.

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