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 Thursday, September 09, 2010
Brazil's telecommunications regulator Anatel unveiled a new plan for achieving the country's universal service targets. The PGMU III as the plan is known will cost BRL 2.1 billion, which will be invested in infrastructure and maintenance from 2011 to 2015. The reviewed goals for universal telephony cover rural and poorer areas, with plans for the installation of public telephone booths in all rural schools and rural health posts in Brazil. Also planned is the creation of the Telephone Exchange service, at an average cost of BRL 25 for families enrolled in the Bolsa Familia programme. The plan is open to public consultation until 22 September.