Anatel’s public consultation number 15, which has as its theme the possible extinction of the Specialized Mobile Service and the consequent adaptation of the service grant instrument for Private Mobile Service or Specialized Limited Service, signals a trend of concentration of the telecommunications service – even greater – in the hands of the major operators.
The Specialized Mobile Service, now on the brink of extinction, is used largely by corporate customers who demand radio communication solutions for large networks from 500 terminals. Large steelmakers, ports, airports, industries of the most varied, use radio communication for process management and streamlining tasks.
Furthermore, the services in question are of relevant importance for the Brazilian productive sector, especially for industry and agribusiness, which has been the bulwark of the Brazilian economy and responsible for 25% of the Brazilian GDP, and has for years saved Brazil’s trade balance from embitter even greater deficits.
In addition, the Specialized Mobile Service and other submodalities also support essential services to society throughout the national territory, such as Samu, Civil Defense, Municipal Guard, Public Security, Traffic Service, among others. Such services cannot be served by over-the-top (OTT) applications, due to the fact that they are mission critical where there is an imminent risk of death or significant property losses.
In the private sector, the Specialized Mobile Service supports voice and data applications linked to industrial automation and directly to the process of improving production efficiency. It is worth remembering that over the years the Limited Service and its submodalities, among them the Specialized Mobile Service, have been losing spectrum for other services such as the Private Mobile Service, which in the case of 450 MHz, for example, do not even have equipment to use the bands .
Operators maintain that over-the-top applications will allow the formation of groups of customers who will be able to connect at low cost. Knowing the current quality levels of operators, champions of complaints at Procon, it is difficult to imagine that it will be a good quality communication.
We hope that Anatel will evaluate in the formulation of the new resolution what is best for Brazilian society as a whole, which for its development needs several telecommunications services, cell phone service being a service of relevant importance, but not the only one. For the country to develop with sustainability, the radioelectric spectrum has to be divided sparingly in order to guarantee the universalization of telecommunications services.
Adriano Facchini is a telecommunications entrepreneur and president of Aerbras – Association of Radiocommunication Companies in Brazil.
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