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Brazil - Fixed-Line Operators


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Brazil - Fixed-Line Operators -

The Brazilian fixed-line sector is fully open to competition and continues to attract operators. The bulk of the market is divided between four operators: Telefónica, América Móvil, Oi (controlled by Brazilian investors and Portugal Telecom), and GVT (owned by Vivendi).

Telefónica operates through Telefônica Brasil, which has integrated its fixed-line and mobile services under the brand name Vivo. The América Móvil group in Brazil comprises long-distance incumbent Embratel, mobile operator Claro, and cable TV provider Net Serviços. The group has started to integrate its fixed and mobile services under the brand name Claro, previously used only for mobile services. Oi offers fixed line and mobile services under the Oi brand name. GVT is the country’s most successful alternative network provider, offering fixed-line services only.

The two regional incumbents Oi and Vivo control 43% and 24% respectively of the country’s fixed lines in service, but they mostly keep to their own regions of operations despite the lifting of geographical restrictions. While their basic telephony services have been losing customers, long-distance incumbent Embratel and GVT have been steadily increasing their local market share (respectively to 22% and 8%).

This report profiles all major and some minor fixed-line operators, providing relevant statistics and analyses.

Key developments:

Oi and Vivo see their fixed lines in service shrink by 1.4% and 3.0% respectively while Embratel’s increase by an estimated 15% and GVT’s shoot up by 25%; Telefônica Brasil has consolidated its fixed and mobile services under the Vivo brand name; Oi has completed a company reorganisation to simplify its shareholder structure; Vivendi is seeking a buyer for GVT.

Companies covered in this report include:

Oi, Vivo, Embratel, GVT, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel.


1. Synopsis
2. Fixed network operators in Brazil
2.1 Overview of fixed network market
2.2 Oi (Telemar)
2.2.1 Shareholders
2.2.2 Acquisition of Brasil Telecom
2.2.3 Oi - outlook
2.3 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
2.3.1 Acquisition of TVA
2.3.2 Telesp-Vivo merger
2.4 Embratel
2.4.1 Shareholders
2.4.2 Acquisition of Vésper
2.4.3 Acquisition of Net
2.5 GVT
2.5.1 Shareholders
2.5.2 Vivendi’s decision to sell GVT
2.6 TIM Brasil
2.6.1 Intelig Telecom
2.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
2.8 Sercomtel
3. Related reports
Table 1 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2006 - 2013
Table 2 – Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2013
Table 3 – Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2013
Table 4 – Embratel – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2013
Table 5 – GVT – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2013
Chart 1 – Fixed line market share at a glance – 2012
Exhibit 1 – Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 2 – Oi (Telemar) group at a glance
Exhibit 3 – Oi – company history
Exhibit 4 – Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
Exhibit 5 – Vivo – company history
Exhibit 6 – Embratel at a glance
Exhibit 7 – Embratel – company history
Exhibit 8 – GVT at a glance
Exhibit 9 – GVT – company history

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