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Claro Brazil Sales Ban Said to Be Lifted in Less Than 15 Days

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July 25 (Bloomberg) -- America Movil SAB’s Claro may be allowed to resume sales of voice and data services in three Brazilian states in less than 15 days, said a government official familiar with the matter.

Brazil’s telecommunications regulator will take longer to lift a similar ban on Tim Participacoes SA’s sales in 19 of Brazil’s 26 states including the Federal District, and Oi SA’s sales in five states, said the official, who asked not to be identified because the companies are still negotiating conditions with the government.

Network failures prompted the sales suspension, which started on July 23. The ban on Claro includes Sao Paulo, Brazil’s richest and most populous state, while Tim was blocked from selling services in the second- and third-biggest states, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. Anatel, the telecommunications regulator, announced the sanctions on June 18.

The end of the sales ban will hinge on the investment plans presented by companies to improve the quality of service, said Anatel in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

“Claro hopes it is authorized to resume the sales of its services as soon as possible,” the company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

Tim is in negotiations with the government to get its investment plan approved, the company said yesterday in an e-mailed statement.

Oi is scheduled to present to Anatel its investment plan today, said a spokesman for the company who can’t be identified because of internal policy.

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-- Editor: Adriana Brasileiro

To contact the reporter on this story: Carla Simoes in Brasilia Newsroom at csimoes1@bloomberg.net

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