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. 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. When completed, it will substantially increase bandwidth and reduce broadband prices in Brazil.

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 2017 Oi was still under bankruptcy proceedings, though the company is maintaining services to customers and is looking to invest in infrastructure to retain its place in the market in future.

This report provides an overview of Brazil’s internet and broadband market, accompanied by relevant statistics, analyses, and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021.

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; 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 Q4 2016, regulator’s market data updates to December 2016, 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

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 2.4 Digital inclusion and GESAC
    • 2.5 National broadband plan
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1.1 Oi Velox
    • 4.1.2 Net Vírtua (Claro Group)
    • 4.1.3 Vivo Speedy
    • 4.1.4 Power GVT
    • 4.1.5 TIM Brasil
    • 4.1.6 Universo Online (UOL)
    • 4.1.7 Algar Telecom
    • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1.8 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.2 Fixed wireless
        • 6.2.1 Wi-Fi
        • 6.2.2 WiMAX
        • 6.2.3 Satellite
    • 7. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 2 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
    • Table 3 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 4 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
    • Table 5 – Internet access market share by platform – 2005 - 2015
    • Table 6 – Share if fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 7 – Broadband operators’ market share – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 8 – Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 9 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2016; 2018, 2021
    • Table 10 – Average broadband access speed (download) – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 11 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 12 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2017
    • Table 13 – Oi – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 16 – GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2015
    • Table 17 – TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 18 – Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 20 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 21 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 23 – Satelite broadband connections – 2014 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
    • Chart 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
    • Chart 3 – Broadband market share at a glance – 2007 - 2016
    • Chart 4 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2016
    • Chart 5 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2017
    • Exhibit 1 – Regions and states of Brazil

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