Chinese-Brazilian telephony partnership begins in 2008 in Brazil

13 September 2007

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 Sept – Brazilian company Transit Telecom plans to offer a fixed line telecommunications service in Brazil in the first quarter fo 2008, in partnership with China Telecom, the operator’s product manager told Macauhub Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

Transit expects, according to Flávio Werneck, is to have some 40,000 customers in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais.

The operator will use Personal Handyphone System (PSH) technology, which was developed in Japan in the 1990s and China first began implementing it in 1999.

Currently PHS has over 80 million subscribers all over the world, 60 million of which are in China.

The main advantages of PSH, Werneck said, are the lower cost compared with the conventional fixed line network and high level of interaction with the current network.

“This is a similar technology to mobile telephony, but focused on fixed line telephony and at a lower cost,” he said.

The first step in taking PHS to Brazil was taken in November last year, when Transit set up a partnership with China’s ZTE, one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment suppliers.

The partnership with China Telecom was made official in June of this year.

Transit was founded during the privatization of the Brazilian telecommunications sector at the end of the 1990s and it bought its first telecommunications licenses in 2000.

China Telecom is the largest fixed line telephone company in China, with 200 million subscribers and it offers voice, data, image, multimedia, telecommunications and news services. (macauhub)