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 Anatel and are offered by many service providers, including US firms. The main Brazilian VoIP providers are Net Serviços and Telefónica.

Brazil is connected through submarine cables to the USA, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A number of new cable systems are due to come into service by the end of 2018 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 background to 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:

Oi creditors agree on restructuring plan; ACSea submarine cable linking Brazil and Europe contracted by Telebrás and IslaLink; Seabras-1 cable to provide direct route between the US and Brazil; government studies Northern Connection cable network across the Amazon basin; report update includes operator data to Q3 2017, regulator’s market data updates to November 2017, 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
      • 7.2 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 – Country statistics – 2017
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Telecommunications revenue – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 9 – Proportion of telecom revenue by segment – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 10 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 11 – Telecommunications investment – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 12 – Proportion of telecom investment by segment – 2000 - 2014
      • Table 13 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 14 – Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 15 – Oi EBITDA, capex (Brazil) – 2012- 2017
      • Table 16 – Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2017
      • Table 17 – Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 21 – Vivo (GVT) financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 22 – Vivo (GVT) revenue by service (historic) – 2012 - 2013
      • Table 23 – Vivo (GVT) – fixed lines in service (historic) – 2006 - 2015
      • Table 24 – TIM Brasil – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 25 – Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 27 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
      • 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 - 2017
      • 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 25 Jan 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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