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 Brazil, TIM Brasil, and Oi. All four operators have secured spectrum in the 2.5GHz band with which they are expanding their LTE networks and so capitalising on consumer demand for mobile data services. The government has also sanctioned the use of the 700MHz band – previously allocated to TV broadcasters – for mobile broadband use, though the spectrum will not be fully released by broadcasters until further into 2017.

M-commerce remains low, in terms of the number of transactions, but the country is an m-commerce pioneer in the region, and 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 number of subscribers has fallen sharply. This was partly 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 and 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 scenario forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Claro and Net trial LTE Broadcast technology; EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies; Ericsson contracted by América Móvil to pave a path to 5G; New Antenna Law aimed at extending network footprints and improving mobile services; LTE subscriber reaches 60 million by end-2016; 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; MNOs sign network sharing agreements; LTE population coverage reaches 55%; report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, operator data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile data
      • 3.2.1 SMS
    • 3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Forecasts – mobile market - 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
      • 4.1.1 GSM
      • 4.1.2 3G
      • 4.1.3 2.5GHz and 450MHz spectrum
      • 4.1.4 700MHz spectrum
      • 4.1.5 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2500MHz
    • 4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.4 Network sharing
    • 4.5 Tower infrastructure
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Mobile technologies
    • 5.2 Analogue networks
    • 5.3 Digital networks
      • 5.3.1 GSM
      • 5.3.2 3G
      • 5.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5.3.4 5G developments
    • 5.4 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.4.1 Femtocells
      • 5.4.2 Satellite mobile
    • 5.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 6. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
    • 6.3 TIM Brasil
    • 6.4 Claro Brazil
    • 6.5 Oi
    • 6.6 Nextel Brasil
    • 6.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
    • 6.8 Sercomtel Celular
    • 6.9 Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
    • 6.10 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 6.11 Porto Seguro
    • 6.12 Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
    • 6.13 Virgin Mobile
    • 6.14 Correios
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-commerce
    • 7.2 M-banking
    • 7.3 Mobile games
  • 8. Mobile handsets
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2018
  • Table 3 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Average mobile broadband speed – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 11 – Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 12 – GSM subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 13 – 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 14 – 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 15 – LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 16 – LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 17 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 18 – M2M terminals (standard) – 2008 – 2016
  • Table 19 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 20 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2016
  • Table 21 – Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 23 – Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 25 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 26 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 27 – TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 28 – Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 29 – Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 30 – Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 31 – Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 32 – Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
  • Table 36 – Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 37 – Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 38 – Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 39 – MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 40 – Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 41 – Datora mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 42 – Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 43 – Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014
  • Chart 1 – Evolution of Brazil’s mobile subscriber base – 2000 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 – 2016
  • 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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