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Brazil - Mobile Infrastructure and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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.

Key developments:

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.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile market - 2016; 2018; 2021
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
4.1.1 2G
4.1.2 3G
4.1.3 2.5GHz and 450MHz spectrum
4.1.4 White spaces
4.1.5 700MHz spectrum
4.1.6 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2500MHz
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.4 Network sharing
4.5 Tower infrastructure
4.6 Infrastructure sharing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Mobile technologies
5.2 Analogue networks
5.3 Digital networks
5.3.1 GSM
5.3.2 3G
5.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3.4 5G developments
5.4 Other infrastructure developments
5.4.1 Femtocells
5.4.2 Satellite mobile
5.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Mobile content and applications
6.1 M-commerce
6.2 M-banking
6.3 Mobile games
7. Mobile handsets
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010- 2016
Table 3 Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2003 - 2016
Table 4 Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil major operators 2009 - 2016
Table 5 Mobile broadband subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 6 Average mobile broadband speed 2008 - 2014
Table 7 Mobile broadband accesses by major operator 2013 - 2016
Table 8 Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator 2013 - 2016
Table 9 Mobile broadband market share by major operator 2015 - 2016
Table 10 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2012
Table 11 Mobile market share by technology 2004 - 2016
Table 12 GSM subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 13 3G municipal coverage 2008 - 2016
Table 14 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 15 LTE subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 16 LTE subscribers by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 17 LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 18 M2M terminals (standard) 2008 2016
Table 19 Handset and smartphones sales 2011 - 2015
Table 20 Domestic mobile handset production 2003 2014
Chart 1 Evolution of Brazil's mobile subscriber base 2000 - 2016
Chart 2 Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil major operators 2009 2016
Exhibit 1 Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
Exhibit 2 H-band for 3G services lots, areas, and spectrum winners
Exhibit 3 Bands for 4G services blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population
Exhibit 4 LTE TDD deployments
Exhibit 5 LTE deployments
Exhibit 6 700MHz auction results - 2014
Exhibit 7 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids December 2015
Exhibit 8 3G network launches by operator 2007 - 2008

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