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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 expected to be merged with Portugal Telecom by mid-2014), 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 41% and 23% 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 23% and 9%).

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

Key developments:

Oi and Vivo market share shrinks; Telefônica Brasil consolidates its fixed and mobile services under the Vivo brand; Oi's merger with Portugal Telecom approved by the Brazilian and Portuguese antitrust authorities; Vivendi suspends sale of GVT after failing to secure a high bid; Embratel acquires further shares of Net; includes regulator's market data to February 2014; operator data to Q4 2013; market developments to April 2014.

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
2.2.4 Merger with Portugal Telecom
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
2.6 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 - 2014
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 financial data 2012 - 2013
Table 6 GVT revenue by service 2012 - 2013
Table 7 GVT fixed lines in service 2006 - 2013
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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