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Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil’s investment in LTE sees subscriber base reach 100 million
The Brazilian telecom market has been adversely affected by the country’s economic difficulties in recent years. The fixed-line sector has seen consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions, while the number of mobile subscribers has fallen steadily as competitive pricing and regulatory measures have weakened the demand for customers to have multiple SIM cards.
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.
The bulk of the fixed-line market is divided between three our key operators: Telefónica, América Móvil and Oi.
Brazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America, with four major mobile operators offering a range of voice and data services: Telefónica’s Vivo, Claro Brasil, TIM Brasil, and Oi. All four operators have secured spectrum in the 2.5GHz band with which they are expanding their LTE networks to capitalise on consumer demand for mobile data services. The government has also made available the 700MHz band (previously allocated to TV broadcasters) for mobile broadband use.
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 subscriber base has fallen steadily. This has partly been 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 so take advantage of cheaper on-net offers. Another factor has been the economic recession, which has dampened consumer spend on telecom services.
Brazil also has one of the largest broadband markets in Latin America. 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. This telecom infrastructure is one of the positive legacies of the Games.
This report provides a background to Brazil’s telecom market including details of infrastructure and the regulatory environment. It profiles the main fixed-line operators and provides relevant statistics and market analyses. The report also covers the broadband market, accompanied by subscriber forecasts to 2022. In addition the report reviews the mobile voice and data markets and assesses regulatory measures and emerging technologies.

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;
Nextel aiming to close down its iDEN network in March 2018;
Algar Telecom launches LTE-A services;
EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
Ericsson contracted by América Móvil to pave a path to 5G;
LTE subscriber approaches 100 million at end-2017;
Oi and Banco do Brazil launch an NFC-based m-payment platform;
Government approves an additional R$15.1 billion for National Broadband Plan;
Net Serviços launches a 500Mb/s service for the residential market;
More operators launch FttP services;
Report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data 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, Intelig, Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Nextel Brasil, Universo Online (UOL), Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics – 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics – 2017
    • Table Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecommunications revenue – 2000 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of telecom revenue by segment – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Telecommunications investment – 2000 - 2017
      • 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
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE GOALS
    • GOVERNMENT TELECOM FUNDS (FUST, FISTEL, AND FUNTTEL)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • ACCESS
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL – 2006
    • FIXED-LINE CONTRACT RENEWAL – 2011
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF FIXED NETWORK MARKET
      • Table Fixed lines in service – operators' market share – 2006 - 2017
    • OI (TELEMAR)
      • Table Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table Oi EBITDA, capex (Brazil) –2012- 2017
      • Table Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2017
    • VIVO (TELEFÔNICA BRASIL)
      • Table Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2017
    • EMBRATEL (CLARO)
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2017
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2017
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2017
    • 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 - 2017
    • CTBC/ALGAR TELECOM
      • Table Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2017
    • SERCOMTEL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • 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
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Amazon cable
      • Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • 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 of fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Broadband operators' market share – 2003 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 - 2017
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers –2018; 2020, 2022
      • Digital inclusion and GESAC
      • National broadband plan
        • Table Average broadband access speed (download) –2008 - 2017
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
      • Table Oi – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2015
      • Table TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Table Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 - 2017
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 - 2016
        • Table Satelite broadband connections – 2014 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
        • Table Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2017
      • 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 - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Network sharing
      • Tower infrastructure
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2017
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
        • Table GSM subscribers – 2014 - 2017
        • Table 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2017
        • Table 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2017
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2017
        • Table LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2017
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2017
        • Table LTE geographic and population coverage by operator – 2017
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M terminals – 2008 – 2017
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS)
      • Introduction
        • Table Mobile operators' market share – 2002 - 2017
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2017
      • Vivo (Telefónica Brasil)
        • Table Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
        • Table Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) –2002 - 2007
        • Table Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Vivo financial data (€) –2013 - 2017
      • TIM Brasil
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2010 - 2017
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) –2014 - 2017
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Claro Brazil
        • Table Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Oi
        • Table Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
        • Table Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
        • Table Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
      • Nextel Brasil
        • Table NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) – 2012 - 2015
        • Table Nextel Brazil revenue ($)–2010 - 2017
        • Table Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
        • Table Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers by type – 2015 - 2017
      • CTBC/Algar Telecom
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2017
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Sercomtel Celular
        • Table Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Porto Seguro
        • Table Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
      • Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
        • Table Datora mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Correios
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce
      • M-banking
      • Mobile games
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014

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