Brazil Carriers Owe $12 Billion, Folha Says

Brazil’s telephone companies owe 25 billion reais ($12 billion) in unpaid taxes and fines to the phone regulatory agency Anatel, newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Oi SA (OIBR4), Brazil’s third-largest telecommunications company, has the biggest bill, owing 9.5 billion reais, according to a report by a government research arm, which was obtained by the Sao Paulo-based newspaper.

The report cited Anatel’s inefficient process and bureaucratic hurdles in collecting fines, as well as legal recourse that allows companies to fight charges in court.

Anatel has been pushing mobile carriers in the nation to improve service. The agency temporarily banned companies from selling new wireless plans in certain states earlier this year, signifying it was taking a more aggressive regulatory approach.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gabrielle Coppola in Sao Paulo at gcoppola@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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