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:

  • TIM Brasil acquires the MVNO Porto Seguro Conecta;
  • Nextel closes down its iDEN network;
  • Algar Telecom launches LTE-A services;
  • Vodafone Brazil rebrands as ARQIA;
  • Claro trials LTE Broadcast technology;
  • EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
  • Ericsson contracted by Claro to pave a path to 5G;
  • LTE subscriber base broaches 124 million;
  • 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 September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, 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

  • 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 - 2018; 2020; 2022
  • 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 Roaming
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.5 Network sharing
    • 4.6 Tower infrastructure
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Analogue networks
    • 5.2 Digital networks
      • 5.2.1 5G
      • 5.2.2 4G (LTE)
      • 5.2.3 3G
      • 5.2.4 GSM
    • 5.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 6. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Vivo (Telefónica 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)
      • 6.10.1 Porto Seguro
      • 6.10.2 ARQIA (Vodafone Brazil, Datora Telecom)
      • 6.10.3 Virgin Mobile
      • 6.10.4 Correios
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 M-commerce
    • 7.2 M-banking
  • 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 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Average mobile broadband speed – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 11 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 13 – LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 14 – LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 15 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 16 – LTE geographic and population coverage by operator – 2017
  • Table 17 – Vivo LTE subscribers and penetration – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Vivo mobile data traffic – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 19 – 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 20 – 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 21 – GSM subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 22 – M2M terminals – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 24 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) – 2002 - 2007
  • Table 27 – Historic - Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 28 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 29 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 30 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 31 – TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
  • Table 37 – NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 38 – Nextel Brazil revenue ($) – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers by type – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 41 – Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 42 – Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 44 – MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 45 – Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 46 – ARQIA mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 47 – Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014
  • Chart 1 – Evolution of Brazil’s mobile subscriber base – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2009 – 2018
  • 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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