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Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil’s government approves additional funding for National Broadband Plan

Supported by a population of some 204 million, the Brazilian telecoms market is among the largest in Latin America. Telecoms revenue has been adversely affected by the ongoing economic crisis which has dented consumer confidence and reduced spend on services.

The country’s telecom infrastructure will be significantly augmented during the next two years as additional submarine cables become ready for service. In addition, the government-owned SGDC satellite, due to be launched in March 2017, will provide defence communications for the Ministry of Defence as well as broadband services to support the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), a project which recently secured additional funding.

Substantial investments and regulatory reforms were implemented before the FIFA World Cup was held in 2014 and again before the 2016 Olympic Games. The Games stimulated investment in infrastructure, though the chief beneficiaries were the host cities rather than the country at large.

The fixed-line market has been hit by consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions. The broadband market is also one of the largest markets in the region, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the Latin American average, trailing behind neighbouring Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. The mobile market is dominated by the four network operators Vivo, Claro, TIM and Oi. All four secured spectrum in the 2.5GHz band with which they are expanding their LTE networks and so capitalising on consumer demand for mobile data services. The government has also sanctioned the use of the 700MHz band – previously allocated to TV broadcasters – for mobile broadband use, though the spectrum will not be fully released by broadcasters until further into 2017.

The mobile subscriber base grew rapidly for a number of years, in line with the increasing footprint of mobile networks, but since late 2015 the number of subscribers has fallen sharply. This was partly due to operators cancelling dormant SIM cards, as also to pricing competition which eroded the need among some consumers to hold SIM cards from different providers and so take advantage of cheaper on-net offers. Another factor has been the economic recession.

This report provides detail on Brazil’s telecom market, including an assessment of infrastructure developments and the regulatory environment. It profiles the main fixed-line operators and examines their strategies in the light of relevant company financial and operating statistics. The report also reviews the digital media and broadband markets, accompanied by analyses and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition the report examines the mobile voice and data market, including a range of statistics and analyses, as also scenario forecasts.

Key developments:

Telebrás aiming to use the SDGC satellite for broadband services after launch in March 2017;
ACSea submarine cable linking Brazil and Europe contracted by Telebrás and IslaLink;
Government approves an additional R$15.1 billion for National Broadband Plan;
Bankrupt Oi seeks to invest R$24 billion through to 2019 in LTE and fibre infrastructure;
Net Serviços launches a 500Mb/s service for the residential market;
Claro and Net trial LTE Broadcast technology;
EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
Ericsson contracted by América Móvil to pave a path to 5G;
LTE subscriber reaches 60 million by end-2016;
Ministry of Communications approves projects worth R$450 million to deliver LTE-450 to municipalities in 14 states;
Videostreaming and economic crisis causing drop in pay-TV subscriber base;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, company financial and operating data for Q4 2016, 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, Net Serviços de Comunicação, Sky Brasil, Claro TV, Vivo TV, Oi TV, GVT TV, Vivo, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Vivo, Oi, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé, Telefônica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, Algar/CTBC Telecom; Sercomtel Celular.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2016
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecommunications revenue – 2000 - 2016
      • Table Proportion of telecom revenue by segment – 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 - 2016
      • Table Telecommunications investment – 2000 - 2015
      • Table Broadband traffic growth per subscriber – 1998 - 2019
      • Table Proportion of telecom investment by segment – 2000 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
    • GENERAL PLAN FOR UPDATING TELECOM REGULATIONS (PGR)
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Anatel
    • PRIVATISATION OF TELEBRÁS
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN BRAZIL
    • GENERAL COMPETITION PLAN
    • CONCESSIONS AND AUTHORISATIONS
    • MIRROR COMPANIES
      • Table Regions and states of Brazil
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE GOALS
    • GOVERNMENT TELECOM FUNDS (FUST, FISTEL, AND FUNTTEL)
    • FOREIGN INVESTMENT
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • ACCESS
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL – 2006
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL – 2011
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF FIXED NETWORK MARKET
      • Table Regions and states of Brazil
      • Table Fixed lines in service – operators' market share – 2006 - 2016
    • OI (TELEMAR)
      • Table Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2016
      • Table Oi EBITDA, capex – 2012- 2016
      • Table Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2016
    • VIVO (TELEFÔNICA BRASIL)
      • Table Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2016
    • EMBRATEL (CLARO)
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2016
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2016
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2016
    • GLOBAL VILLAGE TELECOM (GVT)
      • Table Vivo (GVT) financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table Vivo (GVT) revenue by service (historic) – 2012 - 2013
      • Table Vivo (GVT) – fixed lines in service (historic) – 2006 - 2015
    • TIM BRASIL
      • Table TIM Brasil – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2016
    • CTBC/ALGAR TELECOM
      • Table Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2016
    • SERCOMTEL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Regions and States of Brazil
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Amazon cable
      • Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
    • WHOLESALE
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Regions and states of Brazil
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
        • Table Internet access market share by platform – 2005 - 2015
        • Table Share if fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Broadband operators' market share – 2003 - 2016
        • Table Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 - 2016
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2016; 2018, 2021
      • Digital inclusion and GESAC
      • National broadband plan
        • Table Average broadband access speed (download) – 2008 - 2016
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Oi – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
      • Table Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
      • Table Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
      • Table GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2015
      • Table TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
      • Table Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 - 2015
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2016
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 - 2015
        • Table Satelite broadband connections – 2014 - 2016
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Pay TV law
      • Incumbent fixed-line telcos in the pay TV sector
      • Foreign ownership regulations
      • Videostreaming
        • Table Fibre-based TV subscribers – 2014 - 2016
      • Pay TV statistics
        • Table Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Pay TV market share by technology – 1998 - 2009
        • Table Pay TV market share by technology – 2010 - 2016
        • Table Pay TV market revenue – 2005 - 2015
        • Table Pay TV subscriber net additions by platform – 2012 - 2016
      • Key digital media players
        • Table Pay TV operators – market share – 2000 - 2016
      • Net Serviços de Comunicação
        • Table Grupo Claro (Net Serviços) – cable TV subscribers – 2000 - 2016
      • Sky Brasil
        • Table Sky Brazil TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Oi TV
        • Table Oi TV subscribers – 2010 – 2016
      • Vivo TV
        • Table Vivo TV subscribers – 2012 – 2016
      • Vivo (GVT TV)
        • Table Vivo (GVT) subscribers (historic) – 2011 – 2014
      • Algar Telecom (CTBC TV)
        • Table Algar Telecom pay TV subscribers – 2011 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • MULTICHANNEL MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS (MMDS)
      • Table Historic - MMDS subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table MMDS subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • SATELLITE-BASED DIGITAL PAY TV DEVELOPMENTS
      • Table Historic - DTH subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
      • Table DTH subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • S-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-LEARNING
    • ONLINE GAMES
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2018
        • Table Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2003 - 2016
        • Table Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2016
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Average mobile broadband speed – 2008 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 - 2016
        • Table 3G/mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2016
      • Forecasts – mobile market - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • 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
        • Table LTE deployments
        • Table 700MHz auction results - 2014
        • Table 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids – December 2015
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Network sharing
      • Tower infrastructure
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Mobile technologies
        • Table Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2016
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
        • Table GSM subscribers – 2014 - 2016
        • Table 3G network launches by operator – 2007 - 2008
        • Table 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2016
        • Table 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2016
        • Table LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2016
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M terminals (standard) – 2008 – 2016
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS)
      • Introduction
        • Table Mobile operators' market share – 2002 - 2016
        • Table Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2016
      • Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
        • Table Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
        • Table Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) – 2002 - 2007
        • Table Vivo – concessions
        • Table Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 - 2016
      • TIM Brasil
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2010 - 2016
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) – 2014 - 2016
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
        • Table TIM Brasil – concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
      • Claro Brazil
        • Table Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2016
        • Table Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
        • Table Claro Brazil – concessions
      • Oi
        • Table Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
        • Table Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
        • Table Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
        • Table Oi – concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M
      • Nextel Brasil
        • Table NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel Brazil revenue ($) – 2010 - 2016
        • Table Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
      • CTBC/Algar Telecom
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Sercomtel Celular
        • Table Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
      • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2016
      • Porto Seguro
        • Table Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
      • Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
        • Table Datora mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2016
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Correios
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce
      • M-banking
      • Mobile games
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2015
      • Table Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014

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