A bill wants to compel cell phone companies to establish roaming agreements in municipalities that are not served by all operators. The Chamber of Deputies’ Science and Technology, Communication and Informatics Commission was about to approve the proposal on Wednesday (2), but there was a request for views.
Bill 7,787 / 2017 is drafted by deputies Fabio Garcia (PSB-MT) and Hildo Rocha (MDB-MA). The report highlights that the cell phone service is provided by only one operator in 1,792 Brazilian municipalities, and that in many of these locations subscribers to providers that do not operate in the municipality are unable to use their cell phones due to the absence of roaming agreements.
Deputy Vitor Lippi (PSDB-SP) asked for views. According to Mobile Time, the parliamentarian wants to know the real impacts of the project and analyze the costs. Currently, Anatel regulation already requires network sharing in municipalities with less than 30 thousand inhabitants, as long as they have 3G technology. The schedule foresees service until the end of 2019.
Still, operators are already working to expand network sharing. One of the main partnerships is between TIM and Vivo, which adopted the model single grid to share the 2G network at the national level and the 4G network at the frequency of 700 MHz in municipalities with less than 30 thousand inhabitants. The measure should reduce the cost for both operators, who will share the costs of infrastructure and maintenance.
According to Anatel’s August 2019 data, the operator with the highest coverage is Vivo, which is present in 4,642 municipalities, followed by Claro (4,222), TIM (3,780) and Oi (3,565).