The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) approved yesterday a 8.77% reduction in the rates of access to landlines for mobile phones, for both local and long distance calls.
With this, Oi, Embratel, Telefônica and CTBC, Sercomtel will have a maximum period of one month from the date of publication of the measure in the Diário Oficial da União, which should occur in the coming days. Telemar Norte Leste is the only segment that will have different rule, once managed to prevent the negative adjustment of Justice in 2012. For customers of this company, the discount will be the sum of the two measures, which means that they will have a drop of 18.6% on calls made from landline to mobile phones. In all cases, the reduction is as much for long distance calls-with other DDD-as for the sites.
Yesterday, the regulatory agency also fined the carrier Telemar Norte Leste (subsidiary of Sergipe), which is part of the group Hi, in R $ 911,82 thousand. According to the FCC, the company failed to comply with the requirements of the General Plan of Universalization targets (PGMU) in the provision of fixed telephony services. The value of the fine would be greater, but the Court rejected the appeal of the carrier, which got rid of one of the infractions imposed. The group Hi has been fined frequently by Anatel on February 15. With yesterday’s punishment, fines have totaled nearly $ 41 million.
In the vegetable garden
But if the tariffs of public services are reducing the appetite of the Dragon, on the other hand, the accumulated prices of vegetables in January and February 2013 recorded increased 30.14%, indicates the consumer price index (CPI-M), measured by the Getulio Vargas Foundation. The product that got the price saltier was the tomato. Only in the first two months of the year the fruit already rose 50.21%. The high is even greater when one considers the accumulated over the past 12 months. From March 2012 and February 2013, the tomato was 74.82% more expensive. Carrot rose (35.79%), English (35.08%) potato and onion (31.47%).
According to André Barrie, Economist at FGV and responsible for the survey, the behavior of the greenery is normal price in the first quarter of the year because of the severity of the climate (strong sun and rain). “It is likely that in March prices to rise less indicating the beginning of the cycle of lower product prices. In autumn, the weather is milder and the supply of the fruit grows helping to lower prices, “says Barrett.
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