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. This telecom infrastructure is one of the positive legacies of the Games, given that many of the sports sites themselves have fallen into disuse and disrepair.
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.
Oi is the leading broadband network operator, closely followed by Net, Vivo and GVT. Oi and Vivo, which use mainly DSL technology, have been losing market share to Net and GVT, which offer faster connections – the first over HFC cable, the second over a NGN network with a Fibre-to-the-Cabinet (FttC) architecture. As of early 2018 Oi’s principal shareholders had agreed to a plan to bring Oi out of bankruptcy proceedings.
This report provides an overview of Brazil’s internet and broadband market, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband forecasts to 2022.
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; international Wi-Fi provider Vex acquired by Oi and rebranded Oi Wi-Fi; Brazil’s online sales grow, driven by social commerce (s-commerce); report update includes telcos’ financial and operating data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data updates to December 2017, recent market developments.
Vivo, Oi, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé.
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Last updated 25 Jan 2018
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