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Brand of Claro S.A.
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1998 (demerger from Telebrás, privatization)
Headquarters Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Key people
José Formoso Martínez, (Chairman)
Products Fixed & Mobile telecommunications
Internet services
Cable television
Revenue Increase US$ 9.0 billion (2013)
Profit Decrease US$ 180.0 million (2013)
Number of employees
Parent América Móvil
Subsidiaries Embratel Star One
Website www.embratel.com.br
Manhole of Embratel in Belo Horizonte.

Embratel is a major Brazilian telecommunications company headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. The company was the long distance arm of Telebras until it was bought by the U.S. company MCI Communications for 2.65 billion reais during the 1998 break-up of Telebras. However, MCI Communications went bankrupt in 2003. Since 2003, it is owned by América Móvil, the Mexican telecommunications giant.

Embratel is a major player in both voice and data communication in Brazil. The company owns a fully digitized microwave communications and fibre optic networks as well as five domestic communication satellites. The company is a member of the Intelsat and Inmarsat organizations and it owns four fiber optics submarine cable systems - Unisur, Americas II, Atlantis-2 and Columbus III.

Embratel's stock is traded on BM&F Bovespa.

In Heraldry[edit]

Some of the company's equipment is represented on the coat of arms of Tanguá, Brazil.[1]

Via Embratel subscription TV service[edit]

In 2008, Embratel launched its pay TV service. It was named Via Embratel and operates in Ku Band on satellite Star One C2. The service is currently branded Claro hdtv.

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