Anatel is preparing a comprehensive reformulation of the areas into which Brazil is divided for the purposes of MMDS distribution.. The idea is to make room for new licenses to be auctioned. The reformulation effectively entails an analysis of existing distributors? spectrum usage and transmitting power to determine how many more MMDS licenses could be granted in terms of technical feasibility.
The revised number of areas will be part of Anatel?s planned announcement of auctions for new pay-TV licenses, including cable. It?s believed to be almost ready to make the announcement but to be waiting for the right political and economic conditions.
Anatel is under a great deal of pressure, mainly from operators that currently provide service to collective antennas in closed condominiums. Some of these operators are irregular and cover areas outside the condos or deliver pay-TV channels without having contracts with programmers.
There are also operators who want to offer pay-TV service in selected neighborhoods only and are lobbying for new licenses to be granted for this purpose.