Brazil - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

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Brazil - Telecom Market Trends, Key Statistics and Regulatory Overview

The 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil provided a stimulus to operators providing new technologies and networks such as LTE and FttP. The Brazilian government helped by legislating tax breaks for new telecom investments in networks that support access to fixed or mobile broadband. The 2016 Olympic Games will similarly provide further encouragement from all stakeholders to improve infrastructure, though this is likely to be limited to cities where events are being held.

The asymmetric measures introduced by the General Competition Plan are a significant step in the Brazilian telecom environment. The regulation of network unbundling and controlled wholesale prices should pave the way for a more competitive broadband market. The General Competition Plan requires operators with Significant Market Power (SMP) to share their networks and infrastructure with small or new service providers, at reference prices approved by Anatel.

This report provides an overview of Brazil's telecom market and regulatory environment, accompanied by statistical data, analyses, and outlook.

Key developments:

Brazil's telecom revenues expected to have reached R$236 billion ($94.4 billion) in 2014; Anatel identifies five SMP operators in the fixed-line sector (Vivo, Oi, Embratel/Net, CTBC, Sercomtel) and four SMP operators in the mobile sector (Oi, Claro, TIM Brasil, Vivo); mobile companies submit investment plans to lift a sales ban imposed by Anatel.

Companies covered in this report include:

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

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
3.1 Economic background
3.1.1 GDP growth
3.1.2 Outlook
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Brazil's telecom market
4.2 Market analysis
4.3 Market outlook - short to long term
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory developments
5.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.3.1 Anatel
5.4 Privatisation of Telebrás
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Brazil
5.6 General Competition Plan
5.7 Concessions and authorisations
5.8 Mirror companies
5.9 Universal service goals
5.10 Government telecom funds (Fust, Fistel, and Funttel)
5.11 Foreign investment
5.12 Number portability
5.13 Access
5.14 Interconnection
5.15 Fixed-line contract renewal 2006
5.16 Fixed-line contract renewal 2011
5.17 Mobile consumer rights
5.18 Taxes and tax exemptions
6. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 - 2014
Table 8 Telecommunications revenue 2000 - 2014
Table 9 Proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2000 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment 2005 - 2014
Table 11 Telecommunications investment 2000 - 2014
Table 12 Telecom investment by segment 2009 - 2014
Table 13 Telecom investment by segment 2000 - 2014
Chart 1 Evolution of telecom revenue in Brazil 2003 - 2014
Chart 2 Telecom revenue by segment 2005 2014
Chart 3 Evolution of telecom investment in Brazil 2003 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Brazil

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