Brazil - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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, and about 70% of this spectrum had been released by broadcasters by late 2018.

The country is a pioneer in the region for m-commerce. Although the number of transactions remains low, a number of initiatives between mobile network operators, banks and credit card companies have targeted the large number of people without bank accounts. This has stimulated the sector, which stands to show strong growth in coming years.

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.

This report provides an overview of the mobile voice and data market, providing a range of statistics and analyses, as also subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Nextel Brazil sold to América Móvil;
  • Regulator approves 2019-2020 plan including release of spectrum in several bands for 5G use;
  • Algar Telecom launches LTE-A services;
  • EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
  • Ericsson contracted by Claro to pave a path to 5G;
  • Ministry of Communications approves projects worth R$450 million to deliver LTE-450 to municipalities in 14 states;
  • TIM Brazil sells its tower infrastructure;
  • Oi and Banco do Brazil launch an NFC-based m-payment platform;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefônica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, Algar/CTBC Telecom; Sercomtel Celular, Vodafone Brazil/ARQIA.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile data
      • SMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Forecasts – mobile market - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Regulatory issues

    • Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • 2.5GHz and 450MHz spectrum
      • 700MHz spectrum
      • 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2500MHz
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Network sharing
    • Tower infrastructure
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Analogue networks
    • Digital networks
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • GSM
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
      • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)

    • Introduction
    • Vivo (Telefónica Brasil)
    • TIM Brasil
    • Claro Brazil
    • Oi
    • Nextel Brasil
    • CTBC/Algar Telecom
    • Sercomtel Celular
    • Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Porto Seguro
      • ARQIA (Vodafone Brazil, Datora Telecom)
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Correios
  • Mobile content and applications

    • M-commerce
    • M-banking
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2019
  • Table 3 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 9 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Mobile market share by technology – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 11 – LTE subscribers – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 12 – LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 13 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 14 – LTE geographic and population coverage by operator – 2017
  • Table 15 – Vivo LTE subscribers and penetration – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Vivo mobile data traffic – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 17 – 3G municipal coverage – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 18 – 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 19 – GSM subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 20 – M2M terminals – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers – 2002 – 2019
  • Table 22 – Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 24 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 25 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 26 – TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Oi mobile revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Nextel revenue ($) – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Nextel Brazil financial data (R$) – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 33 – Nextel Brazil ARPU – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers by type – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 37 – Algar Telecom financial data – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 38 – Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 39 – Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 40 – MVNO subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 41 – Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 42 – ARQIA mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Evolution of Brazil’s mobile subscriber base – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2009 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
  • Exhibit 2 – H-band for 3G services – lots, areas, and spectrum winners
  • Exhibit 3 – Bands for 4G services – blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population
  • Exhibit 4 – LTE TDD deployments
  • Exhibit 5 – LTE deployments
  • Exhibit 6 – 700MHz auction results – 2014
  • Exhibit 7 – 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids – December 2015
  • Exhibit 8 – 3G network launches by operator – 2007 – 2008
  • Exhibit 9 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
  • Exhibit 10 – Vivo – concessions
  • Exhibit 11 – TIM Brasil – concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
  • Exhibit 12 – Claro Brazil – concessions
  • Exhibit 13 – Oi – concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M

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