Algar Telecom

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Algar Telecom
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1954
Headquarters Uberlândia, Brazil
Key people
Divino Sebastião de Souza, (CEO)
Revenue Increase R$2.850.000.000,40 (2014)
Increase R$141.800.000,00 (2014)
Number of employees
17,573 (2014)
Parent Grupo Algar

Algar Telecom, formerly known as CTBC, is a Brazilian telecomunications public company|company that offers advanced services on landline and mobile phone (GSM and 3G), broadband, and cable TV (DTH). Currently it is present in parts of Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo for consumers, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro and Distrito Federal for business companies, with a total of 87 cities served and always expanding their coverage area.

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CTBC was founded in February 15, 1954, by Alexandrino Garcia, which acquired the Companhia Telefônica Teixeirinha. It is one of the companies from the Algar Group. Algar Telecom is headquartered in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais.

The mobile phone service uses technologies like AMPS, TDMA and GSM (including services like GPRS, EDGE and 3G). The broadband service offers the following speeds: ADSL (200 kbit/s, 500 kbit/s, 1 Mbit/s, 2 Mbit/s, 4 Mbit/s, 10 Mbit/s, 15 Mbit/s and 20 Mbit/s), Wi-Fi (up to 11 Mbit/s) and Fiber-optic (1 Gbit/s, only available for Uberlândia and within a distance of 1 km from the company's headquarters).[1]

In September 2011 CTBC reached 93,000 TV subscribers (60.000 using satellite (DTH) and 33,000 Cable), a 38.6% increase compared to the previous year.[2]

It spend R$ 470.000 to obtain a license from the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications in 2010, which grants the possibility to offer the satellite television service in the entire country.[3]

In 2014 Algar Telecom acquired the 700Mhz 4G license in a Anatel auction, the company has entrusted Nokia Networks with the responsibility of enabling LTE services in the 700 MHz band, upgrading its 3G network and deploying a new 4G network.[4]

In October 2014, Algar Telecom (Brazil), Angola Cables (Angola), Antel (Uruguay) and Google announced plans to build a new undersea fiber-optic cable connecting the key cities of Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil with Boca Raton, Florida in the United States. The cable will be called Monet

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