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Brazil - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

The Brazilian fixed-line market has been adversely affected by consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions. The number of fixed lines continues to fall slowly, despite gains in the VoIP sector. VoIP services in Brazil are not regulated by Anatel and are offered by many service providers, including US firms. The main Brazilian VoIP providers are Net Serviços and Telefónica.
Brazil is connected through submarine cables to the USA, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A number of new cable systems are due to come into service by the end of 2018 which will increase bandwidth and push down broadband prices for end-users. The government has entrusted the state-owned Telebrás with the construction of the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) cable network linking Brazil with the USA, Europe, Africa, and several Latin American countries. Telebrás has also been charged with building a satellite to be used for military communications and to boost the country's national broadband program.
Given the remoteness of many communities satellite communications have retained an important role in Brazil. The Amazon jungles of the north make satellites the major communication platform, as it is almost impossible to lay fibre optic cable in the thick vegetation.
The bulk of the market is divided between three key operators: Telefónica, América Móvil and Oi.
Telefónica operates through Telefónica 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 Claro brand, previously used only for mobile services. Oi offers fixed-line and mobile services under the Oi brand name.
This report provides a background to Brazil's telecom market including infrastructure and the regulatory environment. It profiles the main fixed-line operators and provides relevant statistics and analyses.

Key developments:

Oi creditors agree on restructuring plan; ACSea submarine cable linking Brazil and Europe contracted by Telebrás and IslaLink; Seabras-1 cable to provide direct route between the US and Brazil; government studies Northern Connection cable network across the Amazon basin; report update includes operator data to Q3 2017, regulator's market data updates to November 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vivo (Telefônica Brasil), TIM Brasil, Oi, Embratel, Net Serviços, GVT, CTBC, Global Crossing, Star One, TelesatBrasil, Hispamar, Telebrás, Claro, TIM Brasil, Intelig, Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, GVT.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
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 Number Portability (NP)
5.12 Access
5.13 Interconnection
5.14 Fixed-line contract renewal 2006
5.15 Fixed-line contract renewal 2011
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Overview of fixed network market
6.2 Oi (Telemar)
6.3 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
6.4 Embratel (Claro)
6.5 Global Village Telecom (GVT)
6.6 TIM Brasil
6.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
6.8 Sercomtel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.3 Infrastructure developments
7.3.1 Amazon cable
7.3.2 Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1.1 Smart meters/smart grids
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2017
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 - 2017
Table 8 Telecommunications revenue 2000 - 2018
Table 9 Proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2000 - 2017
Table 10 Telecom revenue by segment 2005 - 2017
Table 11 Telecommunications investment 2000 - 2017
Table 12 Proportion of telecom investment by segment 2000 - 2014
Table 13 Fixed lines in service operators' market share 2006 - 2017
Table 14 Oi revenue by service 2012 - 2017
Table 15 Oi EBITDA, capex (Brazil) 2012- 2017
Table 16 Oi fixed lines in service 1999 - 2017
Table 17 Vivo fixed lines in service 1999 - 2017
Table 18 Claro Brazil fixed lines in service 2006 - 2017
Table 19 Claro Brazil fixed-line RGUs 2013 - 2017
Table 20 Claro Brazil fixed-line revenue 2013 - 2017
Table 21 Vivo (GVT) financial data (historic) 2012 - 2014
Table 22 Vivo (GVT) revenue by service (historic) 2012 - 2013
Table 23 Vivo (GVT) fixed lines in service (historic) 2006 - 2015
Table 24 TIM Brasil fixed lines in service 2012 - 2017
Table 25 Algar Telecom fixed lines in service 2012 - 2017
Table 26 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 27 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Chart 1 Evolution of telecom revenue in Brazil 2010 - 2018
Chart 2 Telecom revenue by segment 2005 2017
Chart 3 Oi revenue by service 2012 - 2017
Chart 4 Evolution of fixed lines in service 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Brazil
Exhibit 2 Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 3 Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 4 Regions and States of Brazil
Exhibit 5 Atlantic Cable System planned
Exhibit 6 Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil

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