Brazil - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Brazilian fixed-line market has been adversely affected by consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions. The number of fixed lines continues to fall slowly, despite gains in the VoIP sector. VoIP services in Brazil are not regulated by the telecoms regulator and are offered by many service providers. The main Brazilian VoIP providers are Net Serviços and Telefónica.

Internet connectivity in Brazil is provided by a number of submarine cables to the USA, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean. New cable systems are due to come into service which will increase bandwidth and push down broadband prices for end-users. Investments are ongoing into extensive terrestrial cables between Brazil, Argentina and Chile which will connect to the EllaLink cable and provide a link between Sao Paulo and both Lisbon and Madrid.

Given the remoteness of many communities satellite communications have retained an important role in Brazil. The Amazon jungles of the north make satellites the major communication platform, as it is almost impossible to lay fibre optic cable in the thick vegetation.

The bulk of the market is divided between three key operators: Telefónica, América Móvil and Oi.

Telefónica operates through Telefónica Brasil, which has integrated its fixed-line and mobile services under the brand name Vivo. The América Móvil group in Brazil comprises long-distance incumbent Embratel, mobile operator Claro, and cable TV provider Net Serviços. The group has merged its divisions, including Embratel, and provides fixed and mobile services under the Claro brand, previously used only for mobile services. Oi offers fixed-line and mobile services under the Oi brand name.

This report provides a review of Brazil’s telecom market including infrastructure and the regulatory environment. It profiles the main fixed-line operators and provides relevant statistics and analyses.

Key developments:

  • GlobeNet and Facebook start laying the 2,500km Malbec cable;
  • ACSea submarine cable linking Brazil and Europe contracted by Telebrás and IslaLink;
  • Seabras-1 cable to provide direct route between the US and Brazil;
  • SAIL submarine cable running between Brazil and Cameroon completed;
  • Government studies Northern Connection cable network across the Amazon basin;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data updates to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vivo (Telefônica Brasil), TIM Brasil, Oi, Embratel, Net Serviços, GVT, CTBC, Global Crossing, Star One, TelesatBrasil, Hispamar, Telebrás, Claro, TIM Brasil, Intelig, Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, GVT.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
    • 4.2 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Regulatory developments
    • 5.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)
    • 5.3 Regulatory authority
      • 5.3.1 Anatel
    • 5.4 Privatisation of Telebrás
    • 5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Brazil
    • 5.6 General Competition Plan
    • 5.7 Concessions and authorisations
    • 5.8 Mirror companies
    • 5.9 Universal service goals
    • 5.10 Government telecom funds (Fust, Fistel, and Funttel)
    • 5.11 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.12 Access
    • 5.13 Interconnection
    • 5.14 Fixed-line contract renewal – 2006
    • 5.15 Fixed-line contract renewal – 2011
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Overview of fixed network market
    • 6.2 Oi (Telemar)
    • 6.3 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
    • 6.4 Embratel (Claro)
    • 6.5 Global Village Telecom (GVT)
    • 6.6 TIM Brasil
    • 6.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
    • 6.8 Sercomtel
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 7.2.2 Satellite networks
    • 7.3 Infrastructure developments
      • 7.3.1 Amazon cable
      • 7.3.2 Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
  • 8. Smart infrastructure
    • 8.1.1 Smart meters/smart grids
    • 9. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Brazil – 2018 (e)
    • Table 2 – Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 3 – Telecommunications revenue – 2000 - 2018
    • Table 4 – Proportion of telecom revenue by segment – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 5 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 6 – Telecommunications investment – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 7 – Proportion of telecom investment by segment – 2000 - 2014
    • Table 8 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 9 – Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2018
    • Table 10 – Oi EBITDA, capex (Brazil) – 2012- 2018
    • Table 11 – Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2018
    • Table 12 – Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2018
    • Table 13 – Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2018
    • Table 14 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2018
    • Table 15 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2018
    • Table 16 – Vivo (GVT) financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 17 – Vivo (GVT) revenue by service (historic) – 2012 - 2013
    • Table 18 – Vivo (GVT) – fixed lines in service (historic) – 2006 - 2015
    • Table 19 – TIM Brasil – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2018
    • Table 20 – Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2018
    • Table 21 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
    • Table 22 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
    • Table 23 – International internet bandwidth – 2004 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Evolution of telecom revenue in Brazil – 2010 - 2018
    • Chart 2 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 3 – Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2018
    • Chart 4 – Evolution of fixed lines in service – 2005 - 2018
    • Exhibit 1 – Map of Brazil
    • Exhibit 2 – Regions and states of Brazil
    • Exhibit 3 – Regions and states of Brazil
    • Exhibit 4 – Regions and States of Brazil
    • Exhibit 5 – Atlantic Cable System – planned
    • Exhibit 6 – Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil

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Last updated 28 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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