Brazil to Cut Phone Rates, Push Network Sharing, O Globo Says

June 3 (Bloomberg) -- Brazil’s planned telecommunications rate cuts designed to help stimulate economic growth will reduce companies’ revenue, Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo told O Globo newspaper.

Under new rules to take effect in September, more calls will be charged at local, rather than long-distance, rates, which will cut annual revenue to companies by 300 million reais ($147 million), Bernardo said in an interview with the Rio de Janeiro-based daily.

Companies also will have to lease excess network capacity to other operators as a way to heighten competition, Bernardo said.

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