Global Village Telecom
|Subsidiary of Telefónica|
|Fate||Merged into the Vivo|
|Defunct||April 15, 2016|
|Amos Genish, (CEO)|
|Revenue||US$ 2.0 billion (2012)|
|US$ 878.4 million (2012)|
Number of employees
Global Village Telecom (GVT) is a Brazilian telecommunications company that offers services on landline telephone, broadband for both consumer and business, Pay TV and voice over IP. GVT has been in the market since the end of 2000.
Global Village Telecom was founded in April 1998 by a group of Israeli investors led by entrepreneur Joshua Levinberg, who previously founded Gilat Satellite Networks. Their idea was to build a satellite-based phone network for remote locations in South America using the VSAT technology that was developed by Gilat Satellite Networks. The initial investors in the company included: Magnum Technologies Fund, which held 55% of the company, US investment bank Merrill Lynch held 20%, Clal Information Technologies 10%, Discount Investment Corporation 10%, and Gilat Satellite Networks 5%.
Brazil Fixed-line Telecommunications Licence
In 1999 GVT was awarded a 20 years license to provide fixed-line telecommunications services in Brazil's south and central regions. As part of Brazil's government plan to introduce competition in three fixed-line regions of the country. When it privatized the state telecommunications company, Telebras, in 1998, the government divided Brazil into three regions for fixed-line telephony. Each region was to have one newcomer and an incumbent. In each case, the incumbent was a former unit of Telebras, which was privatized.
The region for which GVT won the license had a population of 38 million people at the time and encompasses nine states, including the country's capital, Brasilia. GVT plan was to invest US$550 million over three years and to build a network with 500,000 lines. GVT was to compete in the region against the former Telebras unit Tele Centro Sul, which was owned by a consortium led by Telecom Italia.
In 2001, GVT was split between Gilat Satellite Networks and the other investors in the company. Gilat took over the Colombia and Peru operations and GVT remained solely focused on the Brazilin market.
Initial Public Offering
Sale to Vivendi and then to Telefónica
The French company Vivendi bought a 58% stake of the company by the end of 2009, and raised its participation to 99.17% the following year.
Products and services
GVT is a company that offers high-speed broadband across its area of operation, pay TV with paid high-definition channels, as well as integrated and convergent advanced landline telephony.
The company offers broadband internet connection through ADSL, ADSL2 +, VDSL2 and FTTH technologies. It offers content and Internet services through the online portal POP, besides VoIP services through VONO to residential and micro-enterprise customers in Brazil (also usable outside the country). In 2012, the company also started to offer Pay TV packages.
GVT offers internet speeds of 15 Mbit/s, 25 Mbit/s, 35 Mbit/s, 50 Mbit/s and 150 Mbit/s, to all the 149 cities it serves, except in Erechim e Montenegro (Rio Grande do Sul); Paranaguá (Paraná); Porto Velho (Rondônia); Palmas, e Rio Branco (Acre), where speeds up to 20Mbit/s are supported.
Strategically, GVT built a network prepared for the convergence of voice, data and image, enabling it to offer higher than market average speeds since the beginning of its operation in 2000. Currently, circa 70% of annual company investment is dedicated to expansion and improvement of the network.
The average Internet speed of GVT customer base reached 13.2Mbit/s in October 2013. The index is greater than the average speed of Brazilian Internet (2.4 Mbit/s) and countries with large technology development as South Korea (13.3Mbit/s) and USA (8.6Mbit/s) – source: Akamai Institute.
It is considered the best Brazilian broadband for five consecutive years (2009-2013) according to the open survey made with INFO Magazine readers  and the best telecommunication company by Isto É Magazine in 2013. In addition, the company won the EXAME/IBRC Award for best customer service in the fixed telephony category.
GVT also serves the enterprise segment, providing products and services, offering integrated solutions and managed services including fixed-line telephony, unified communication systems, hosted VoIP, Internet services, private-data networks and Data Center services.
Currently, GVT backbone covers 20 states: Acre, Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Norte, Sergipe, Tocantins, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, plus Distrito Federal (Brazil capital).
- São Paulo, Araraquara, Arujá, Bauru, Campinas, Guarulhos, Indaiatuba, Jundiaí, Mauá, Mogi das Cruzes, Osasco, Piracicaba, Santo André, Santos, São Bernardo do Campo, Ribeirão Preto, São Vicente, Sorocaba, Suzano, Várzea Paulista and Votorantim.
- Belo Horizonte, Betim, Contagem, Governador Valadares, Ipatinga, Coronel Fabriciano and Juiz de Fora.
- Vitória, Cariacica, Colatina, Linhares, Serra and Vila Velha.
Rio de Janeiro
- Rio de Janeiro, Campos dos Goytacazes, Duque de Caxias, Nilópolis, Niterói, Nova Iguaçu and São Gonçalo.
- Cuiabá, Várzea Grande and Rondonópolis.
- Goiânia, Anápolis, Aparecida de Goiânia, Cidade Ocidental, Luziânia, Rio Verde, Senador Canedo, Trindade and Valparaíso de Goiás.
Mato Grosso do Sul
- Campo Grande e Dourados.
- Brasília, Brazilândia, Cruzeiro, Paranoá, Planaltina, Samambaia, Santa Maria, São Sebastião, Sobradinho and Taguatinga. (Administrative regions of Federal District)
- Salvador, Alagoinhas, Camaçari, Feira de Santana, Lauro de Freitas and Simões Filho.
- Fortaleza, Caucaia and Maracanaú.
- João Pessoa, Campina Grande and Santa Rita.
- Recife, Camaragibe, Caruaru, Gravatá, Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Olinda, Paulista and Vitória de Santo Antão.
- Rio Branco.
- Porto Velho.
- Shaul Shani - GVT, Globes 29/12/1999, Efi Landau
- Israel's GVT to Set Up $80 Mln Telephony Network in Colombia , Efi Landau Globes, 27/09/1999
- GVT of Gilat Group Wins Second Tender in Chile: $2.5 Mln Rural Phone Network Efi Landau, Globes, 08/07/1998
- GVT wows investors in $1.2 billion Brazilian initial public offering
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- (Portuguese) - official website