Brazil - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Brazil has one of the largest broadband markets in Latin America, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the Latin American average, trailing behind neighbouring Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.

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.

Another major development is the construction of new submarine cable networks, including the Atlantic Cable System (ACSea) – linking Brazil with the USA, Europe, Africa, and several Latin American countries – as well as the 2,500km Malbec cable which will link Rio De Janeiro with Buenos Aires.

Oi is the leading broadband network operator, closely followed by Net and Vivo. Oi and Vivo provide services via DSL while Net is principally a cable broadband provider. 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 an overview of Brazil’s internet and broadband market, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • 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;
  • More operators launch FttP services;
  • Brazil's e-commerce sales show strong growth;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to September 2018, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vivo, Oi, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Digital inclusion and GESAC
    • National broadband plan
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

    • Oi Velox
    • Net Vírtua (Claro Group)
    • Vivo Speedy
    • Power GVT
    • TIM Brasil
    • Universo Online (UOL)
    • Algar Telecom
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Fixed wireless
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
      • Satellite
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Internet access market share by platform – 2005 – 2015
  • Table 5 – Share of fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform – 2010 – 2015
  • Table 6 – Broadband operators’ market share – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Forecast broadband subscribers –2019; 2021, 2023
  • Table 9 – Average broadband access speed (download) – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 11 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Oi – broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 15 – GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2015
  • Table 16 – TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 19 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 22 – Satelite broadband connections – 2014 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Broadband market share at a glance – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Regions and states of Brazil

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