João Cox, president of the holding companies that control Telemig Celular and Amazonia Celular, is in no hurry to choose between CDMA and GSM for overlaying the group?s existing TDMA networks. Both carriers are doing well against the competition, so there?s no point in upgrading the networks at the moment. ?Telemig Celular accounts for 55 out of every 100 new customers activated, even with competition from TIM and Telemar-Oi,?, he says.
For Telemig Celular and Amazônia Celular, choosing between CDMA and GSM depends on whether the proposed consortium with Brasil Telecom (BrT) goes ahead. BrT has acquired PCS licenses for areas equivalent to Region 2 of the General Licensing Plan. Moreover, Opportunity and the top pension funds control all three carriers. According to João Cox, negotiations on the consortium are proceeding regardless of Opportunity?s offer to swap equity with Previ, which could increase its control of both BrT and the two wireless carriers, eliminating resistance to the consortium.