The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) sent a notification to Vivo, TIM and Claro warning that it will start to verify if they are fulfilling the commitments they assumed in the auction of licenses to activate 5G.
The companies have already activated the signal in Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, João Pessoa and São Paulo. The initiative was carried out even before the deadline set by the auction notice, which is September 29.
For now, Anatel’s inspection will have a preventive character. Only as of September 29 will the regulatory agency be able to demand compliance with the targets and even apply sanctions to companies in the event of any irregularities.
The notification sent today was for the opening notice of the Monitoring and Control Processes (PAC). Up front, in case the telecoms go off the line, a Procedure for the Determination of Noncompliance with Obligations (Pado) can be opened.
“Today’s notification was made for companies to be aware that the PAC was opened”, explained Anatel’s advisor, Moisés Queiroz Moreira, in an interview. “It’s nothing like a fine. It is a normal and mandatory procedure. It will remain open until they fulfill the obligations of the auction notice”.
Even if there are possible failures in coverage or installation of antennas below the minimum amount required, a sanction by the regulatory agency will only be possible after September 29, he clarified.
“It cannot be said now that there was any non-compliance. They have until September 29 to install a minimum number of antennas. Then Anatel will see if the commitments are met and if the coverage is working properly. And also if the plans sold are within the rules of the SMP (personal mobile service)”.
In this initial phase of 5G activation, operators have installed even more antennas than the minimum required by Anatel, signaling that there is a race between them to hook consumers.
The activation of 5G took place in São Paulo this Thursday, 4th. According to the rules of the public notice, telecoms have to install an antenna for every 100,000 inhabitants at the beginning of operations. Therefore, 462 antennas were expected in this beginning (counting the total of the three operators). But the number of licenses requested exceeded 1,400, according to the Anatel counselor.
Source: CNN Brasil