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Brazil - Fixed-Line Operators

The Brazilian fixed-line sector is fully open to competition and continues to attract new market players. The bulk of the market is divided between four key operators: Telefónica, América Móvil, Oi (which merged with Portugal Telecom in 2014, with the latter being sold to Altice in 2015), and GVT (owned by Vivendi before being sold to Telefónica).

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 merged its divisions, including Embratel, and provides 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:

Telefónica rebrands newly acquired GVT as Vivo; Oi and Vivo market share shrinks; Oi sells Portugal Telecom Embratel acquires further shares of Net; includes regulator's market data to April 2015; operator data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

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 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 Global Village Telecom (GVT)
2.5.1 Shareholders
2.5.2 Sale to Telefónica
2.6 TIM Brasil
2.6.1 TIM Soluções Corporativas (Intelig Telecom)
2.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
2.8 Sercomtel
3. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2006 - 2015
Table 2 Oi fixed lines in service 1999 - 2015
Table 3 Vivo fixed lines in service 1999 - 2015
Table 4 Embratel fixed lines in service 2006 - 2015
Table 5 Embratel fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2015
Table 6 Vivo (GVT) financial data 2012 - 2014
Table 7 Vivo (GVT) revenue by service 2012 - 2013
Table 8 Vivo (GVT) fixed lines in service 2006 - 2015
Table 9 TIM Brasil fixed lines in service 2012 - 2015
Table 10 Algar Telecom fixed lines in service 2012 - 2015
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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