Brazil - Mobile Infrastructure and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Brazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America, and although mobile penetration has reached 139% it still growing steadily.
The four major mobile companies Vivo, Claro, TIM Brasil, and Oi have secured spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to provide LTE services, and are rolling out networks in an effort to gain subscribers and secure revenue from mobile data services. The government is keen for Brazil to have wider LTE footprint in place in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, which are being held in Rio de Janeiro and other cities. By March 2016 there were more than 32 million LTE subscribers in the country.
The Brazilian government sanctioned the use of the 700MHz band previously allocated to TV broadcasters for mobile broadband services, and the regulator (Anatel) auctioned spectrum in this band in late 2014, though the spectrum will not be fully released by broadcasters until the end of 2016 and into 2017.
Although the price of smartphones in Brazil is comparatively high for the country's socioeconomic environment, there is a strong domestic production of devices, and smartphone penetration is growing rapidly. Sales have been strengthened since 2013 following tax breaks introduced by the government at the start of the year, which have helped lower the average selling price.
M-commerce remains low, in terms of the number of transactions, but the country is an m-commerce pioneer in the region, and a number of initiatives between mobile network operators, banks and credit card companies have targeted the large number of people without bank accounts. This has stimulated the sector, which stands to show strong growth in coming years.
This report provides an overview of the mobile voice and data market, providing a range of statistics and analysis, as also scenario forecasts to 2021.
Claro and Net trial LTE Broadcast technology; EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies; Ericsson contracted by América Móvil to prepare the way for 5G migration; New Antenna Law aimed at extending network footprints and improving mobile services; LTE subscriber reaches 32 million by March 2016; auction for the 700MHz band spectrum leaves two blocks unsold; multi-spectrum auction raises R$762 million; Ministry of Communications approves projects worth R$450 million to deliver LTE-450 to municipalities in 14 states; TIM Brazil sells its tower infrastructure; Oi and Banco do Brazil launch an NFC-based m-payment platform; MNOs sign network sharing agreements; LTE population coverage reaches 55%; report update includes regulator's market data to April 2016, operator data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:Telefônica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, Algar/CTBC Telecom; Sercomtel Celular.