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Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Brazil gains further increases in bandwidth

The Brazilian fixed-line market in recent years 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. Internet connectivity in Brazil is provided by a number of submarine cables to the USA, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean. New cable systems are due to come into service which will increase bandwidth and push down broadband prices for end-users. Investments are ongoing into extensive terrestrial cables between Brazil, Argentina and Chile which will connect to the EllaLink cable and provide a link between Sao Paulo and both Lisbon and Madrid.

The bulk of the telecom market is divided between a few key operators, including Telefónica Brasil, América Móvil’s local unit Claro, and Oi. Operators have had to contend with a harsh economic environment which has reduced consumer discretionary spend.

Brazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America. All four major mobile operators (Telefónica’s Vivo, Claro Brasil, TIM Brasil and Oi) are expanding their LTE networks to capitalise on consumer demand for mobile data services. LTE by late 2018 provided near universal pop coverage. Investment is ongoing in 5G, while the government has also made available spectrum in the 700MHz band (previously allocated to TV broadcasters) for mobile broadband. About 70% of this spectrum had been released by broadcasters by late 2018.

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.

Brazil also has one of the largest broadband markets in the region, though broadband penetration is average. Oi is the leading broadband network operator, closely followed by Net and Vivo. The fibre segment has shown the strongest growth during the last two years, reflecting efforts among providers to extend their networks. Telefónica in particular has an extensive investment program and is exploiting its experience in developing fibre infrastructure in Spain.

This report provides a review of Brazil’s telecom market including infrastructure and the regulatory environment. It also profiles the main fixed-line operators and provides relevant statistics and analyses. The report in addition reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband segments, accompanied by market statistics, analyses and subscriber forecasts. The mobile voice and data markets are also examined, including assessments on operator strategies and the development of emerging technologies.

Key developments:

TIM Brasil acquires the MVNO Porto Seguro Conecta;
Nextel closes down its iDEN network;
Algar Telecom launches LTE-A services;
Vodafone Brazil rebrands as ARQIA;
EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
GlobeNet and Facebook start laying the 2,500km Malbec cable;
SAIL submarine cable running between Brazil and Cameroon completed;
Government approves an additional R$15.1 billion for National Broadband Plan;
Oi to invest R$24 billion through to 2019 in LTE and fibre infrastructure;
Net Serviços launches a 500Mb/s service for the residential market;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefônica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, CTBC/Algar Telecom,; Sercomtel Celular, Vodafone Brazil/ARQIA, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, Intelig, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé, Global Crossing, Star One, TelesatBrasil, Hispamar, Telebrás, Intelig.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Brazil – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
      • Table Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2018
  • 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 - 2018
    • OI (TELEMAR)
      • Table Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2018
      • Table Oi EBITDA, capex (Brazil) –2012- 2018
      • Table Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2018
    • VIVO (TELEFÔNICA BRASIL)
      • Table Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2018
    • EMBRATEL (CLARO)
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2018
      • Table Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2018
    • 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 - 2018
    • CTBC/ALGAR TELECOM
      • Table Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2018
    • SERCOMTEL
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • 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
        • Table International internet bandwidth – 2004 - 2016
      • Satellite networks
    • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Amazon cable
      • Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart meters/smart grids
  • 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 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 - 2017
      • Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers –2019; 2021, 2023
      • Digital inclusion and GESAC
      • National broadband plan
        • Table Average broadband access speed (download) –2007 - 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 - 2018
      • Table Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Table Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Table GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2015
      • Table TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2018
      • Table Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 - 2015
      • Table Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 - 2018
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Fixed wireless
        • Table Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 - 2016
        • Table Satelite broadband connections – 2014 - 2018
  • 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 - 2018
        • Table Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2017
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Average mobile broadband speed – 2009 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
      • Forecasts – mobile market - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2016
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Network sharing
      • Tower infrastructure
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2018
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
        • Table LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2018
        • Table LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2018
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2018
        • Table LTE geographic and population coverage by operator – 2017
        • Table Vivo LTE subscribers and penetration – 2015 - 2018
        • Table Vivo mobile data traffic – 2015 - 2018
        • Table 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2017
        • Table 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2018
        • Table GSM subscribers – 2007 - 2018
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M terminals – 2008 – 2018
    • MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS (MNOS)
      • Introduction
        • Table Mobile operators' market share of subscribers – 2002 - 2018
        • Table LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2017
      • Vivo (Telefónica Brasil)
        • Table Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) –2002 - 2007
        • Table Historic - Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Vivo financial data (€) –2013 - 2018
      • TIM Brasil
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2009 - 2018
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) –2014 - 2018
        • Table TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Claro Brazil
        • Table Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Oi
        • Table Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
      • Nextel Brasil
        • Table NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) – 2011 - 2015
        • Table Nextel Brazil revenue ($)–2010 - 2018
        • Table Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers by type – 2015 - 2018
      • CTBC/Algar Telecom
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
        • Table Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Sercomtel Celular
        • Table Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2018
        • Table Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
        • Table ARQIA mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce
      • M-banking
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Table Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014

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