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  • #268772


    Hello there,
    I’m not sure if this is the correct category to post on, but I’ll give this a try.
    I live in the USA & I just got Verizon Fios cable. As for them offering any Brazilian channels on there, the only 1 they have at this time is Globo & I was hoping they can 1 day add Rede Record: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rede_Record onto their International package.
    So what I did was create a topic on the Fios forum to where I’m requesting for them to add this channel as well:
    What I’m asking here is that if there are any American Brazilians that have Verizon Fios cable, to please comment on that forum by encouraging Fios to add this channel onto their package. I thought that the more people request it on that forum, the [hopefully] better chances that Fios will listen & possibly add it on.
    Thanks in advance for any help on this & enjoy your day.elvis4life2014-08-03 18:36:03

  • #269059


    Verizon does not offer subscription based services to consumers here.
    In São Paulo your choices are
    NET which is a MSO ( cable ) owned by Globo. Garbage.
    GVT. A competitor
    Vivo ( Telefonica ). The RBOC os incumbent running DSL.
    Claro only resells the loop, I suspect.
    Fiber to the home is virtually non existent here unless you have fiber termination to a building on Demark. Which is seldom available on residential.

  • #272790


    A bit of rectification on the subject.
    Depending where you live, fiber to the loop is a reality.
    Since DSL. DSLAM gear were expensive to import , most local loop telcos are stringing fiber on the
    Aerial cabling and poles. An unexpensive media converter takes broadband to the home or business.
    On my main drag in Santo Andre, aerial cables run fiber, from GVT , Telefonica and NET.
    Same poles that run power cables.
    It looks awful for aesthetics, but it works.

  • #272802


    I am having fiber optics installed next week. I cannot wait. I have been living with 1mb for the past year and a half because that is all Speedy offered in my bairro despite it being a “nice bairro” and various petitions being signed by local residents to up the speed.

    I’ll pay around $80 for 50mb but being Vivo and Brazil, I am sure I can expect less than half that consistently.
  • #272804


    Live Tim is the best thing ever

  • #272805


    Andrew, are you being facetious or is it really good? What is it?

  • #272927


    He is talking about wired broadband. FTTH on a PON.

    Vivo is Telefonica, by far, the best network available in the Country. It is owned by the Spaniards, who are no slacks. I’ve checked, the have slightly more COs than any other carrier.
    The Quality of Service ( QoS) on your loop will depend entirely on….
    How the wire is sent through. Underground is more stable. If you see the aerial spaghetti over the Power Lines, expect, outages and drop on service.
    I suspected it was cheaper then to string fiber cables to poles, and pull a fiber/copper media converter to deliver broadband, and call it fiber. I do not see a whole lot of DLCs ( Digital Loop Carrier ), nor any box to house a DSLAM ( DSL concentrator ) in Brazil, on fears scavengers would destroy the enclosures to steal copper ).
    Some of the Carrier’s operating the last mile do not segregate circuits on residential broadband and even business. Therefore, you will run into oversubscription that will sap the quality of your broadband delivery on critial peak times. So no matter how affluent your neighborhood is, or the promises of delivered broadband, I suspect they will shortchange you as they do to everyone else.
    TIM strong suit is on Southern States ( PA, SC, RGS ), from their acquisition of Brasil Telecom.
    The mobile division does some sharing with Telemar/Oi on their tower space to compensate for coverage gaps.
    Telefonica Movil/Vivo is by far the best on coverage, particularly on the Southeast ( SP, PR, MG, RGS ), and I suspect they do not share their Tower Space.
    With American Tower entry in Brazil, you would see more Tower shared space.
    I have an acquaintance, who is well entrenched in Corporate IT, and he tells me, before Lula took office, that the regulating bodies ( Anatel for Telecom, your equivalent to FCC ), used to strike fear on Carriers and Service providers for not meeting their mandated goals with hefty fines.
    With change of guard, now carriers have free reign and deliberately short change customers. In a way, we had changes back in the US when pro competition regulator William Kennard
    ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kennard ).was then replaced by Bill Tauzin ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Tauzin ) the Cajun huckster, just when Bush took over from the Clinton Administration. The whole business of competition went belly up.
  • #272934


    I’m being serious, wicked fast, never had a problem, really cheap and great customer service

  • #273646


    I feel I posted the wrong answer. If I make any sense of what he wants , he is looking to get unavailable licensed Brazilian Programing on Fios pipeline.
    This has to do with content licensing fees a cable channel provider, Record or any other for that matter, has to pay to the infra structure enabler, in this case Verizon. If Record can’t meet the set rates by Verizon, then sorry , no inclusion in the Channel Package. On a increased fee arrangement , Out of the Extra Fee a consumer pays to get some extra channel, part goes to Verizon, other part goes to say Record.
    Given the undisputed preference from Brazilian Expats towards Globo, they get the lion share of their revenues from local advertising, and the extra kickback on fee sharing. A larger subscriber base then works towards Globo and against Record.
    It in’t fair, but that’s the way it works.
    Verizon needs to squeeze as much as it can to help in paying for their high Capex spending they needed to build their footprint ( called FIOS ) and play catch up with well entrenched MSOs ( Comcast, Cox and others. ). There is for no other reason they had to sell chunks of their landline business to Frontier Telecom.
    So some folks get it, and understand the importance of being in as many households as they can possibly be. Hence Globo goes through your Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, Direct TV , Fios. Because they understand how money makes the world go round.
    And as for Record, if they want the Globo Business, they need to come up with better programming. No wonder advertisers don’t give much or anything to Record.

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