08/09/2019

MVNO in Brazil

 

 

This page: Shows the situation and regulation of MVNOs or Mobile Virtual Network Operators in Brazil.


MVNO operating in Brazil

 

Number of MVNOs Accesses by Operators

 

MVNO 2016 2017 2018 1Q19 Apr/19 May/19 2Q19
Porto Seguro 452,408 562,520 825,428 783,002 349,060 321 43
Datora 100,915 201,182 397,558 420,366 429,199 438,747 450,124
EUTV** - 17,269 132,888 270,695 333,422 354,848 377,499
Terapar 7,180 - - - - - -
Total 560,503 780,971 1,355,874 1,474,063 1,111,681 793,916 827,666

*In 2014, Datora's values weren't published by Anatel.

**EUTV operates with 100% of the prepaid base.

Note: Only authorized.

 

 

Number of M2M Data Terminals (Especial + Standard)

 

M2M 2017 2018 1Q19 Apr/19 May/19 2Q19
Porto Seguro 429,256 725,384 782,982 349,060 321 43
Datora 194,742 391,118 413,926 422,759 432,307 443,684
EUTV** - 64,924 192,710 252,587 271,048 289,848
Total 623,998 1,181,426 1,389,618 1,024,406 703,676 733,575

 

 

Authorized MVNOs

 

MVNO
Authorized in
Origin Provider
Porto Seguro
2012
TIM
Datora
2012
TIM
EUTV (Surf)
2015
TIM
America Net
2016
TIM
Vecto Mobile
2017
Algar
J Safra
2018
Claro
Telecall
2019
Vivo
Digaa Telecom
2019
Vivo
Next Level Telecom -NLT
2019
Vivo

 

 

Provider of Personal Mobile Service, like the current ones, but without radiofrequency, operating through sharing network with traditional providers.

 

 

Next Level Telecom -NLT

It's new MVNO authorized in Brasil. It'll use Vivo's network infrastruture and have as main focus enable the communication between machines (M2M). The company plans to invest R$ 50 million in the next five years.

 

Porto Seguro

It was the firt virtual mobile to operate in Brazil. Authorization terms with Anatel were signed on November 17th 2011. Anatel reported the first Porto Seguro's mobile accesses on 08/17/2012.

Porto Seguro adopted the model of virtual network authorized and uses TIM's network. Porto Seguro Telecom is the responsible for the client care. Ericsson was chosen to develop and install the platform.

Porto Seguro Conecta, started in Feb/14 to operate in Rio de Janeiro and in May/14 it expanded to São Paulo and other cities of the state that have area code 11.

In Oct/18 Porto Seguro announced the end of its operation and clients will be transfered to TIM.

 

Datora Mobile (Arqia)

Datora Mobile (Sermatel) started to operate in Nov/12 with an M2M (machine to machine) platform, which can be managed by customers. It plans to work in M2M services of industrial measurement, patrimonial security for smart meter, vehicle tracking, telemetry, among others.

In August, Vodafone and Datora announced a partnership for the Brazilian market that does not include, however, the purchase of shares in any of the companies. The company repositioned its brand to Arqia in 2018.

 

 

Surf Telecom (EUTV)

Anatel granted in September 2015 authorization for EUTV S.A. to act as MVNO in the form of authorized. The operator is expected to use the Surf Telecom brand and will use TIM frequencies.

It acts as an enable (MVNE) of eleven MVNOs accredited, among them Post Offices, Veek, Magazine Luiza, Algar Telecom and CenturyLink.

The operator acquired 2.5 GHz frequencies for TDD in São Paulo capital in the auction of frequencies leftovers made by Anatel in 2015.

 

America Net

America Net was authorized by Anatel to act as an MVNO in December 2016.

America Net told the press that its MVNO ended 2018 with 12,000 cellphones.

 

Vecto Mobile

Vecto Mobile received authorization from Anatel to act as an MVNO (authorized) in August 2017. It uses the Algar network.

The focus of the company is IoT, providing M2M connectivity and using, in addition to cellular networks, networks of technologies such as Sigfox, LoRa and satellite.

 

J. Safra

J. Safra is an authorized MVNO that will use Claro's infrastructure. It had its authorization published by Anatel in Jul/18.

 

 

Accredited MVNOs

 

Data Authorized in Accredited Provider
01/07/15 Vivo Mais AD Credenciada de Telefonia S.A.
03/14/16 Datora BT Brasil Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda. (BT Brasil)
03/23/16 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Lanis Redes e Consultoria Ltda. (Veek)
06/24/16 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Empresa Brasileira de Correios e Telégrafos (Correios)
01/26/17 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Eseye do Brasil Tecnologia da Informação Ltda (Logística - IoT)
06/12/17 Claro T-Systems Telecomunicações e Serviços Ltda
07/28/17 Vivo Brisanet Serviços de Telecomunicações Ltda
08/02/17 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Waves Retransmissão e Comunicação Ltda
08/08/17 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Grêmio Osasco Audax Esporte Clube (Audax)
  EUTV(Surf Telecom) Level 3 Comunicações do Brasil LTDA (CenturyLink)
11/22/17 Datora Fonelight Telecomunicações S/A
12/14/17 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Fama Serviços Tecnologia da Informação Ltda
06/11/18 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Magazine Luiza S.A.
06/11/18 EUTV(Surf Telecom) Algar Telecom S.A.
  • Private contract between the Accredited and the traditional Provider defines the business model
  • Agreement homologated by Anatel, accredited does not need to be qualified by Anatel

 

MOvttel: Mais AD, Mais ADSA and Mais Parceiros de Deus

Movttel is a MVNO enabler responsible by operating three MVNOs in the religious niche:

MAIS AD (Assembleia de Deus)

 


Anatel granted Jan / 15 authorization for Alô Serviços de Telefonia Móvel to act as an MVNO. It was the first MVNO to opt for the modality of cellular operator. Movttel, which has among its shareholders Ricardo K, owns 50% of MAIS AD.

On June 11, 17, MVNO of Corinthians (+ Smartimão), operated by MVNO MAIS (Movvtel), which is accredited by Vivo, entered into operation.

 

T-Systems

T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom Group company, will act as MVNO in Brazil, focusing on IoT. Acting in partnership with Embratel, T-System will make available in Brazil the IoT Service Portal, already made available by the Group in several markets in other countries.

 

Correios

The MVNO of the post office began selling its chips on March 9, 2017 at some agencies in the city of São Paulo (SP).

The initial plan of R$ 30 reais includes 100 minutes of calls to any carrier and data quota of 1 GB. The focus is on lower income clients and the operation will be extended later to Belo Horizonte (MG) and Brasília (DF).

The infrastructure is the responsibility of EUTV, a bidding company in May last year, which uses the TIM operator's network.

 

Veek

Veek, which operates under the accredited regime, was approved by Anatel. According to the company's founder, Alberto Blanco, the start of operations was scheduled for June 2017. The focus is on low-income youth and the plans offered should only be in the prepaid mode.

It uses the infrastructure of Surf Telecom (EuTV) which in turn uses the TIM network.

 

Operators and MVNOs

 

Number
Authorized
Accredited
Vivo
2
2
TIM
4
-
Claro
1
1
Algar
1
-
Datora
-
2
Eutv (Surf)
-
9
Total MVNOs
8
14

 

 

MVNOs that Gave up

 

 

Terapar

Belonging to the Telco Group, it offers M2M connections focused on telemetry, tracking and payment applications. He used Algar's infrastructure.

Tesa Telecom announced in May/12 the MVNO pilot project that included Transtelco, such as Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MNVE), Capernow's billing platform, and TELECOM layer solutions from Bichara and Orange Technology.

 

Virgin Mobile Latin America

Virgin Mobile Brasil announced that Anatel has granted the authorization of virtual mobile operator (MVNO) and intends to start its services in February 2015. The company will use Vivo's network throughout Brazil.

In Jan/14, Virgin Mobile Latin America announced the signing of an agreement with Telefônica to use the infrastructure of Vivo in Brazil and Movistar in Mexico to support its operation as an MVNO in these countries. Virgin already acts as an MVNO in Latin America in Chile and Colombia.

 

 

Regulation

 

On November 18th, 2010, Anatel approved the regulation over the exploration of Mobile Personal Service (SMP) through Virtual Network.

 

In order to provide the service to its clients, the virtual operator will have to set commercial agreements with traditional mobile operators, that have the license to use the frequencies and network infrastructure.

The regulation creates two options:

 

Accredited Virtual Network
Authorized Virtual Network
  • Private contract between accredited company and traditional providers defines the business model
  • Contract homologated by Anatel, the accredited company doesn't need to be qualified by Anatel
  • SMP provider, like the current ones, but without radiofrequency, which operates by sharing the network with traditional companies

 

 

Accredited's case

 

The MVNO represents the mobile operator (SMP):

  • This representation is not considered Telecommunication Service.
    • Would be free of paying ICMS and other taxes charged for the providing telecommunication services.
  • The MVNO must to get registered in Anatel ( R$ 400.00 tax) and sign a contract with one operator. This contract must be homologated by Anatel.
  • The MVNO company will use operator's network, number and interconnection
  • Portability and operator's roaming contract also apply to the MVNO
  • The MVNO can have contract with only one operator in onle local area (Area Code)
  • SMP providers can control MVNOs.

 

Changes after the public consultation

The regulation approved by Anatel's council incorporated two important changes after the public consultation:

  • It's allowed the migration of accredited's user base when this accredited company changes to authorized or to other provider
  • Removal of the rule that prohibited accredited to be controller, controlled or related to an authorized company inside acredited's operational area.

With these changes MVNO will become more attractive to investments.

 

 

Proposta da Anatel: Authorized company's case

 

This companies:

  • Will have one SMP (Personal Mobile Service) authorization and the same obligations as other mobile operators
  • Will have a contract for sharing radiofrequency use with one traditional operator
  • Will be able to hire resources of the operator's network in order to build its own service network, classificated as industrial exploration
  • Will provide service (SMP) in areas where the operator doesn't have infrastructurer, using alternative technologies.

 

The company can't be a MVNO if it has its own network

The authorized company won't be in fact a MVNO because it will have its own network.

 

In one scenario of intense spectrum use for mobile broadband applications, the point is knowing which operator will share its frequencies with authorized companies. This strategy may be useful only in remote locations in which operators have little interest.

 

The authorized company could be an option for the MVNO installation if the entirely network is hired from the operator. In this case, the MVNO would have more autonomy over the operator (the opposite of accredited) but it would have to accept all the obligations of a SMP operator, what implies higher operational costs and that could make difficult to operate this business model.

 

 

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