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Brazil - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Brazil - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

FIFA World Cup stimulates fibre network builds

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games being held in Brazil, operators have been rushing to extend LTE and FttP networks. These undertakings are supported by legislation which offers tax breaks for investments in networks supporting fixed or mobile broadband, as well as by the General Competition Plan regulating wholesale services and infrastructure sharing. This will be good news for customers into 2016, since Brazil, though the largest broadband market in the region, has relatively penetration.

International infrastructure is also developing well, with the construction of new submarine cables and a regional landline cable being built under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations. These will considerably increase international bandwidth in coming years.

The fixed-line sector is dominated by Telefónica, América Móvil, Oi (being merged with Portugal Telecom), and GVT (owned by Vivendi). Telefónica Brasil has integrated its fixed-line and mobile services under a single brand, while América Móvil has also merged its Net Serviços and Embratel divisions and has started to integrate its fixed and mobile services under the brand name Claro.

The pay TV market has seen sustained growth since 1996. The country has the largest pay TV subscriber base in Latin America, though pay TV penetration is lower than several other local markets. As a result, there is ample room for further growth, which has encouraged investors to gain a foothold in the market. A favourable pay TV law of 2011 removed restrictions on foreign investment and on telcos being able to provide pay TV services.

Brazil is home to more than one third of all mobile users in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mobile penetration is upward of 132% and growing by about 7% annually. The four MNOs Vivo, Claro, TIM Brasil, and Oi are developing 4G services on their 2.5GHz concessions, encouraged by the government keen to see seamless connectivity during the FIFA World Cup. These networks will see far larger footprints and capabilities following the auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band in August 2014, though some spectrum will not be fully released by broadcasters until 2016. The volume of smartphones, in which Brazil has a large manufacturing base of its own, is expected to soar in coming years, supported by a large population, tax breaks on smartphone sales and the tumbling prices of devices. This will have important knock-on effects for the m-commerce sector.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2013
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Economic background
        • Table Evolution of GDP in Brazil - 2000 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF BRAZIL'S TELECOM MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecommunications revenue - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of telecom revenue by segment - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Telecommunications investment - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom investment by segment - 2000 - 2014
    • MARKET OUTLOOK - SHORT TO LONG TERM
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
    • GENERAL PLAN FOR UPDATING TELECOM REGULATIONS (PGR)
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Anatel
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELEBRÁS
    • MIRROR COMPANIES
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN BRAZIL
    • GENERAL COMPETITION PLAN
    • CONCESSIONS AND AUTHORISATIONS
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE GOALS
    • GOVERNMENT TELECOM FUNDS (FUST, FISTEL, AND FUNTTEL)
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY
    • ACCESS
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL - 2006
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL - 2011
    • MOBILE CONSUMER RIGHTS
    • TAXES AND TAX EXEMPTIONS
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF FIXED NETWORK MARKET
      • Table Fixed lines in service - operators' market share - 2006 - 2014
    • OI (TELEMAR)
      • Table Oi (Telemar) group at a glance
      • Table Oi - fixed lines in service - 1999 - 2013
      • Shareholders
      • Acquisition of Brasil Telecom
      • Oi - outlook
      • Merger with Portugal Telecom
    • VIVO (TELEFÔNICA BRASIL)
      • Table Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
      • Table Vivo - fixed lines in service - 1999 - 2013
      • Acquisition of TVA
      • Telesp-Vivo merger
    • EMBRATEL
      • Table Embratel at a glance
      • Table Embratel - fixed lines in service - 2006 - 2013
      • Shareholders
      • Acquisition of Vésper
      • Acquisition of Net
    • GVT
      • Table GVT at a glance
      • Table GVT financial data - 2012 - 2013
      • Table GVT revenue by service - 2012 - 2013
      • Table GVT - fixed lines in service - 2006 - 2013
      • Shareholders
    • TIM BRASIL
      • Intelig Telecom
    • CTBC/ALGAR TELECOM
    • SERCOMTEL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2015
      • Public payphones
        • Table Public payphones - 1996 - 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • IP and voice over internet protocol (VoIP)
      • Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
      • Smart meters/smart grids
    • WHOLESALE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration -1998 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration -2005 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Internet access market share by platform - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Fixed broadband access market share by technology - 2008 - 2014
      • Broadband market analysis
      • Digital inclusion and GESAC
    • NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
      • Inception
      • Network
      • Goals and realisations
      • Major participating operators
      • Price and speed
        • Table Average broadband access speed (download) - 2008 - 2014
    • BRAZIL'S ISP MARKET
      • Overview
      • Universo Online (UOL)
    • BROADBAND NETWORK OPERATORS
      • Market share statistics
        • Table Broadband operators' market share - 2003 - 2013
      • Oi Velox
        • Table Oi - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Net Vírtua
        • Table Net - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Vivo Speedy
        • Table Vivo - broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2013
      • Power GVT
        • Table GVT - broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2013
      • TIM Brasil
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2013
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table ADSL subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2013
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected - 2008 - 2013
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
        • Table WiFi hotspots in service - 2013 - 2014
      • WiMAX
      • TDD-LTE
    • MEDIA CONVERGENCE
      • Overview of media convergence
        • Table Algar telecom TV and broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2013
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY / DIGITAL MEDIA
    • DIGITAL ECONOMY
      • E-commerce
        • Table Brazil - B2C e-commerce spending - 2005 - 2013
      • S-commerce
      • E-government
      • E-health
      • E-learning
      • Online games
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • PAY TV OVERVIEW
      • Table Pay TV operators by technology - 2009 - 2012
      • Pay TV statistics
        • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Historic - Pay TV market share by technology - 1998 - 2004
        • Table Pay TV market share by technology - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Pay TV market revenue - 2005 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Pay TV law
      • Incumbent fixed-line telcos in the pay TV sector
      • Foreign ownership regulations
    • PAY TV OPERATORS
      • Table Pay TV operators - market share - 2000 - 2013
      • Net Serviços de Comunicaçao
        • Table Net Serviços de Comunicaçao at a glance
        • Table Net Serviços - cable TV subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Sky Brasil
        • Table Sky Brazil TV subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Claro TV
        • Table Embratel TV subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Oi TV
        • Table Oi TV subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Vivo TV
        • Table Vivo TV subscribers - 2012 - 2013
      • GVT TV
        • Table GVT TV subscribers - 2011 - 2014
      • CTBC TV
        • Table Algar Telecom pay TV subscribers - 2011 - 2014
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2004
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
    • MULTICHANNEL MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (MMDS)
      • Table Historic - MMDS subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2004
      • Table MMDS subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Historic - DTH subscribers and penetration - 1998 - 2004
      • Table DTH subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2014
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF BRAZIL'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table World's six largest mobile markets - 2012
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005- 2015
      • Average revenue per user (ARPU)
        • Table Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil - major operators - 2009 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Number Portability (NP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Network sharing
      • Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
        • Table Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
        • Table H-band for 3G services - lots, areas, and spectrum winners
        • Table Bands for 4G services - blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population
        • Table LTE TDD deployments - February 2014
        • Table LTE deployments - February 2014
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Mobile generations
        • Table Mobile market share by technology - 2004 - 2013
        • Table 3G mobile subscribers and annual growth - 2008 - 2014
        • Table 3G network launches by operator - 2007 - 2008
        • Table 3G municipal coverage - 2008 - 2013
        • Table 3G subscribers and penetration - 2008 - 2013
        • Table LTE subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2014
      • Mobile handsets/smartphones
        • Table Handset and smartphones sales - 2011 - 2013
      • Femtocells
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio - 2003 - 2014
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short message service (SMS)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Fixed and mobile broadband market share - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Average mobile broadband speed - 2008 - 2013
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-banking
      • M-commerce
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M terminals - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile games
    • MOBILE SATELLITE
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS) OVERVIEW
      • Table Mobile operators' market share - 2002 - 2013
      • Table 3G/Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2009 - 2014
      • Table 3G services (phone & broadband) - operators' annual growth - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
      • Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
        • Table Telefônica Brasil (trading as Vivo) at a glance
        • Table Vivo mobile revenue - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Vivo mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Vivo/Telemig- mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2007 (historical)
        • Table Vivo - concessions
      • TIM Brasil
        • Table TIM Brasil at a glance
        • Table TIM Brasil - mobile financial data - 2010 - 2013
        • Table TIM Brasil - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
        • Table TIM Brasil - concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
      • Claro
        • Table Claro Brasil at a glance
        • Table Claro mobile revenue - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Claro - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Claro - concessions
      • Oi
        • Table Oi (TNL PCS) at a glance
        • Table Oi mobile revenue by sector - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Oi - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Oi/Amazônia/BrT - mobile subscribers -2002 - 2008 (historic)
        • Table Oi - concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M
      • Nextel Brasil
        • Table NII Holdings mobile revenue - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Nextel - mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
      • CTBC/Algar Telecom
        • Table Algar telecom mobile revenue - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2013
      • Sercomtel Celular
        • Table Sercomtel - mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2013
      • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNO) OVERVIEW
      • Porto Seguro
        • Table Port Seguro M2M connections - 2012 - 2014
      • Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Correios
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED-LINE MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher fixed line growth
        • Table Forecast fixed lines - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower fixed-line growth
        • Table Forecast fixed lines - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher broadband growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower broadband growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET 2015; 2020
      • higher mobile market growth
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • lower mobile market growth
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2015; 2020
      • Notes on scenario forecasts

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