Brazil’s mobile-phone companies, reeling from intensifying regulatory scrutiny, must prepare for more changes as the government puts consumers’ needs ahead of corporate profits, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said.
Brazil’s government plans to cut taxes on domestically manufactured tablet computers as part of a new industrial policy aimed at boosting production of high-end consumer technology goods, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said.
Brazilian phone carriers Tele Norte Leste Participacoes SA, Telefonica Brasil SA and America Movil SAB will be forced to share access to their networks with competitors without charging an “abusive” prices, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said.
Brazil’s government is considering developing locally made network equipment that phone companies would be required to use as a defense against foreign spies, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said.
Prices of tablet computers in Brazil may fall as much as 36 percent after the government cuts taxes on their production and sale, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo told reporters today in Brasilia.