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.
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.
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.
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Last updated 25 Jan 2018
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