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Brazil - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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Brazil - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil has one of the largest broadband markets in Latin America, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the Latin American average, trailing behind neighbouring Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Substantial investments and regulatory reforms were implemented before the FIFA World Cup was held in 2014. The process is expected to develop further in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic Games (also being held in Brazil). In particular, the General Competition Plan regulating wholesale services and infrastructure sharing such as Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) and bitstream access should drive competition in the broadband market. The Games are stimulating investment in infrastructure, though the chief beneficiaries will be the host cities rather than the country at large.

Another major development is the construction of a new submarine cable network the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) linking Brazil with the USA, Europe, Africa, and several Latin American countries. When completed, it will substantially increase bandwidth and reduce broadband prices in Brazil.

Oi is the leading broadband network operator, closely followed by Net, Vivo and GVT. Oi and Vivo, which use mainly ADSL technology, have been losing market share to Net and GVT, which offer faster connections the first over HFC cable, the second over a NGN network with a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FttC) architecture.

This report provides an overview of Brazil's internet and broadband market, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Government approves an additional R$15.1 billion for National Broadband Plan; NET Serviços launches a 500Mb/s service for the residential market; Telebras invests in fibre rings to support broadband requirement during the football World Cup; Brazil's National Broadband Plan proceeds steadily, with more than 1.2 million users connected in 2,300 municipalities; more operators launch FttP services; international Wi-Fi provider Vex acquired by Oi and rebranded Oi Wi-Fi; Oi divests of Portugal Telecom, delivers fibre infrastructure to all 26 states; Brazil's online sales grow, driven by social commerce (s-commerce); report update includes telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2015, regulator's market data updates to February 2016, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Vivo, Oi, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.2 Forecasts fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
2.2.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.3 Digital inclusion and GESAC
2.4 National broadband plan
2.4.1 Inception
2.4.2 Network
2.4.3 Goals and realisations
2.4.4 Major participating operators
2.4.5 Price and speed
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1.1 Oi Velox
4.1.2 Net Vírtua (Claro Group)
4.1.3 Vivo Speedy
4.1.4 Power GVT
4.1.5 TIM Brasil
4.1.6 Universo Online (UOL)
4.1.7 Algar Telecom
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1.8 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless
6.2.1 Wi-Fi
6.2.2 WiMAX
6.2.3 Satellite
7. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and penetration 1998 - 2009
Table 2 Internet users and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 3 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2016
Table 4 Internet access market share by platform 2005 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband operators' market share 2003 - 2016
Table 4 Fixed broadband connections by speed 2014 - 2016
Table 5 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2016; 2018, 2021
Table 7 Average broadband access speed (download) 2008 - 2015
Table 13 Cable modem subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2016
Table 14 DSL subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2016
Table 9 Oi broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 10 Net broadband subscribers 2001 - 2016
Table 11 Vivo broadband subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 12 GVT broadband subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 15 TIM Brazil broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 18 Algar Telecom broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 15 Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected 2008 - 2015
Table 15 Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections 2014 - 2015
Table 16 Fibre broadband subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 17 Wi-Fi hotspots in service 2013 - 2015
Table 17 Satelite broadband connections 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration 2005 2016
Chart 2 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 2016
Chart 3 Broadband market share at a glance 2007 - 2016
Chart 4 Cable modem subscribers and penetration 2001 2016
Chart 5 DSL subscribers and penetration 2001 2016
Exhibit 1 Regions and states of Brazil

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