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The Brazilian fixed-line market continues to suffer from consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions, the latter offerings being treated as value-add and thus not being regulated. As a result, VoIP services are offered by many providers.

The country is a key platform for a number of important submarine cables connecting to the USA, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Several new cable systems are due to come into service through to 2022, which will increase bandwidth and push down broadband prices for end-users. Investments are also ongoing into extensive terrestrial cables between Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The principal telcos include Telefonica Brasil, operating fixed-line and mobile services under the Vivo brand, as well as America Movil operating services under the Claro brand. Oi also offers a range of services though the company's financial difficulties have prompted it to consider selling its mobile business in a bid to reduce debt.

Brazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America. Changes to the dynamics of the market further into 2020 are expected if Oi successfully completes the sale of its mobile unit. The multi-spectrum auction intended to push the development of 5G was scheduled for March 2020 but has been delayed due to interference issues with satellite TV broadcasts. The auction will be the largest conducted in Brazil thus far, though given the underused capabilities of LTE it is unlikely that the licensees will provide commercial services before the end of 2021.

The country also has one of the largest broadband markets in Latin America, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the regional average, trailing behind Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Amendments to the licensing regime adopted in October 2019 also require that ISPs which have switched to authorisations invest money saved from lighter regulations be invested in the expansion of broadband services.

Claro is the leading broadband network operator, followed by Vivo and Oi. Oi and Vivo provide services via DSL while Claro is principally a cable broadband provider. The fibre segment has shown the strongest growth during the last two years, reflecting efforts among providers to extend their networks.

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. The report also covers the mobile voice and data segments, providing a range of statistics and analyses, as also subscriber forecasts. In addition, the report reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband sectors, including an assessment of technologies and regulatory influences.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

More operators launch FttP services;

EllaLink cable system becomes operational;

Legislative reform eases restrictions on telcos and opens up market for spectrum trading;

GlobeNet and Facebook start laying the 2,500km Malbec cable;

Seabras-1 cable to provide direct route between the US and Brazil;

Nextel Brazil sold to America Movil;

Multi-spectrum 5G auction delayed due to interference issues;

Mercosur countries end international roaming charges;

Report update includes the regulators market data updates to November 2019, operator data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic on the telecom sector, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefonica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel Celular, Vodafone Brazil/ARQIA, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Servicos de Comunicacao, Intelig, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPe, Global Crossing, Star One, TelesatBrasil, Hispamar, Telebras, Intelig

Henry Lancaster

April 2020

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

2.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

2.2 TMI versus GDP

2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

2.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory developments

6.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)

6.3 General Telecommunications Act

6.4 Regulatory authority

6.5 Fixed-line developments

6.6 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Mobile statistics

7.2 Mobile infrastructure

7.3 Analogue networks

7.4 Digital networks

7.5 Mobile data

7.6 Mobile broadband

7.7 Major mobile operators

7.8 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Digital inclusion and GESAC

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators

9.1 Overview of fixed network market

9.2 Oi (Telemar)

9.3 Vivo (Telefonica Brasil)

9.4 Embratel (Claro)

9.5 Global Village Telecom (GVT)

9.6 TIM Brasil

9.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom

9.8 Sercomtel

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 National telecom network

10.2 Fixed-line statistics

10.3 International infrastructure

10.4 Infrastructure developments

10.5 Smart infrastructure

10.6 Data centres

11 Appendix Historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Brazil 2020 (e)

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 2019

Table 3 Change in telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2009 2019

Table 4 Change in proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Table 5 Development of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Table 6 Change in telecommunications investment and proportion of revenue 2009 2019

Table 7 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Table 8 Change in proportion of telecom investment by segment 2000 2018

Table 9 Growth in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2008 2017

Table 10 Decline in MTRs 2016 2019

Table 11 Growth in the number of mobile towers by operator 2004 2019

Table 12 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009- 2024

Table 13 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile connections 2009 2019

Table 14 Change in mobile voice and data ARPU 2009 2019

Table 15 Change in mobile market share of subscriptions by technology 2004 2019

Table 16 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers 2013 2019

Table 17 Development in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2013 2019

Table 18 Change in LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 2019

Table 19 3G and LTE network population coverage 2008-2019

Table 20 Increase in the number of Vivo's LTE subscribers and penetration 2015 2019

Table 21 Growth in Vivo's mobile data traffic 2015 2019

Table 22 3G municipal coverage 2008 2019

Table 23 Decline in the number of 3G subscribers and market share 2008 2019

Table 24 Decline in the number of GSM subscribers 2007 2019

Table 25 M2M terminals 2008 2019

Table 26 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 27 Mobile broadband accesses by major operator 2013 2018

Table 28 Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator 2013 2018

Table 29 Increase in mobile broadband population coverage by major operator 2013 2019

Table 30 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2010 2019

Table 31 Change in the number of Vivo's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 32 Development of Vivo's mobile financial data () 2013 2019

Table 33 Development of TIM Brasil's mobile financial data 2009 2019

Table 34 Development of TIM Brasil's financial data () 2014 2019

Table 35 Change in the number of TIM Brasil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 36 Development of Claro Brazil's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Table 37 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 38 Decline in Oi's mobile revenue 2012 2019

Table 39 Decline in the number of Oi's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 40 Change in Oi's mobile ARPU 2016 2019

Table 41 Nextel revenue (USD ) 2010 2019

Table 42 Nextel Brazil financial data (RUSD ) 2017 2019

Table 43 Nextel Brazil ARPU 2017 2019

Table 44 Change in the number of Nextel Brazil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 45 Nextel Brazil mobile subscribers by type 2015 2018

Table 46 Algar Telecom voice revenue (mobile and fixed) 2009 2019

Table 47 Development of Algar Telecom's financial data 2015 2019

Table 48 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 49 Decline in the number of Sercomtel's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 50 MVNO subscribers 2012 2019

Table 51 Port Seguro mobile subscribers 2012 2019

Table 52 ARQIA mobile subscribers 2013 2019

Table 53 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 54 Change in broadband market share of subscribers by main operator 2009 2019

Table 55 Schools connected via the broadband for Schools program 2008 2018

Table 56 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Table 57 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Table 58 Growth in the number of Oi's broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Table 59 Growth in the number of Claro's fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 60 Change in the number of Vivo's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 61 Growth in the number of TIM Brasil's broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Table 62 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom' broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 63 Growth in the number of Vivo's FttP/C connections 2014 2019

Table 64 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2008 2020

Table 65 Change in the number of satellite broadband connections 2014 2021

Table 66 Change in operator market share of fixed lines 2009 2019

Table 67 Development of Oi's revenue by service 2012 2019

Table 68 Development of Oi's EBITDA, capex (Brazil) 2012- 2019

Table 69 Decline in the number of Oi's fixed lines in service 2010 2019

Table 70 Decline in the number of Vivo's fixed lines in service 2009 2019

Table 71 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed lines in service 2006 2019

Table 72 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed-line RGUs 2013 2019

Table 73 Decline in Claro Brazil's fixed-line revenue 2013 2019

Table 74 Development of Claro Brazil's financial data 2013 2019

Table 75 Growth in the number of TIM Brazil's fixed lines in service 2012-2019

Table 76 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's fixed lines in service 2012 2019

Table 77 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2024

Table 78 International internet bandwidth 2004 2017

Table 79 Historic-Mobile market share by technology 2004 2009

Table 80 Historic-Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2003 2009

Table 81 Historic-LTE geographic and population coverage by operator 2017

Table 82 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 83 Historic-Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2002 2009

Table 84 Historic-Mobile ARPU major operators 2009 2017

Table 85 Historic-Oi mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 86 Historic-Claro Brazil mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 87 Historic-Vivo mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 88 Historic Sercomtel mobile subscribers 2003 2009

Table 89 Historic-TIM Brasil mobile subscribers 2002 2018

Table 90 Historic-Algar Telecom mobile subscribers 2003 2009

Table 91 Historic-Nextel Brazil's mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 92 Historic-Internet users and penetration 1998 2009

Table 93 Historic-Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 2009

Table 94 Historic-Share of fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform 2010 2015

Table 95 Historic-Fixed broadband connections by speed 2014 2017

Table 96 Historic-Cable modem subscribers and penetration 2001 2018

Table 97 Historic-DSL subscribers and penetration 2001 2009

Table 98 Wi-Fi hotspots in service 2013 2016

Table 99 Historic-Oi broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 100 Historic-Telefonica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected 2008 2015

Table 101 Historic-GVT broadband subscribers 2004 2015

Table 102 Historic-Broadband operators' market share 2003 2009

Table 103 Internet access market share by platform 2005 2015

Table 104 Historic-Average broadband access speed (download) 2007 2017

Table 105 Historic Claro's broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 106 Historic Vivo's fixed broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 107 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 2009

Table 108 Historic-Operator market share of fixed lines 2006 2010

Table 109 Historic-Telecommunications investment 2000 2009

Table 110 Historic-Proportion of telecom investment by segment 2000 2009

Table 111 Historic-Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 2009

Table 112 Historic-Telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2000 2009

Table 113 Historic-Proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2000 2017

Table 114 Historic-Telecom revenue by segment 2005 2009

Table 115 Historic Oi's fixed lines in service 1999 2009

Table 116 Historic-Vivo's fixed lines in service 1999 2009

Table 117 Historic-Vivo (GVT) financial data 2012 2014

Table 118 Historic-Vivo (GVT) revenue by service 2012 2013

Table 119 Historic Vivo (GVT) fixed lines in service 2006 2015

Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 8 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Change in telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2009 2019

Chart 11 Change in proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Chart 12 Development of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Chart 13 Change in telecommunications investment and proportion of revenue 2009 2019

Chart 14 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Chart 15 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Chart 16 Growth in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2008 2017

Chart 17 Decline in MTRs 2016 2019

Chart 18 Growth in the number of mobile towers by operator 2004 2019

Chart 19 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009- 2024

Chart 20 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile connections 2009 2019

Chart 21 Change in mobile voice and data ARPU 2009 2019

Chart 22 Change in mobile market share of subscriptions by technology 2004 2019

Chart 23 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers 2013 2019

Chart 24 Development in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2015 2019

Chart 25 Change in LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 2019

Chart 26 Increase in the number of Vivo's LTE subscribers and penetration 2015 2019

Chart 27 Decline in the number of 3G subscribers and market share 2008 2019

Chart 28 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 29 Increase in mobile broadband population coverage by major operator 2013 2019

Chart 30 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 31 Change in the number of Vivo's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 32 Development of Vivo's mobile financial data () 2013 2019

Chart 33 Development of TIM Brasil's mobile financial data 2009 2019

Chart 34 Development of TIM Brasil's financial data () 2014 2019

Chart 35 Change in the number of TIM Brasil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 36 Development of Claro Brazil's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Chart 37 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 38 Decline in Oi's mobile revenue 2012 2019

Chart 39 Decline in the number of Oi's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 40 Development of Algar Telecom' financial data 2015 2019

Chart 41 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 42 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 43 Change in broadband market of subscriber by main operator 2009 2019

Chart 44 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Chart 45 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Chart 46 Growth in the number of Oi's broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 47 Growth in the number of Claros's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 48 Change in the number of Vivo's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 49 Growth in the number of TIM Brasil's broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Chart 50 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom' broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 51 Growth in the number of Vivo's FttP/C connections 2014 2019

Chart 52 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2008 2020

Chart 53 Change in operator market share of fixed lines 2009 2019

Chart 54 Development of Oi's revenue by service 2012 2019

Chart 55 Development of Oi's EBITDA, capex (Brazil) 2012- 2019

Chart 56 Decline in the number of Oi's fixed lines in service 2010 2019

Chart 57 Decline in the number of Vivo's fixed lines in service 2009 2019

Chart 58 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed lines in service 2006 2019

Chart 59 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed-line RGUs 2013 2019

Chart 60 Decline in Claro Brazil's fixed-line revenue 2013 2019

Chart 61 Development of Claro Brazil's financial data 2013 2019

Chart 62 Growth in the number of TIM Brazil's fixed lines in service 2012-2019

Chart 63 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's fixed lines in service 2012 2019

Chart 64 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2024

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 3 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Map of Brazil

Exhibit 5 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 6 H-band for 3G services lots, areas, and spectrum winners

Exhibit 7 Bands for 4G services blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population

Exhibit 8 700MHz auction results 2014

Exhibit 9 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids December 2015

Exhibit 10 Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing

Exhibit 11 Vivo concessions

Exhibit 12 TIM Brasil concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E

Exhibit 13 Claro Brazil concessions

Exhibit 14 Oi concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M

Exhibit 15 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 16 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 17 Regions and States of Brazil

Exhibit 18 Atlantic Cable System planned

Exhibit 19 Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil

Exhibit 20 Historic-LTE TDD deployments

Exhibit 21 Historic-LTE deployments

Exhibit 22 Historic-3G network launches by operator 2007 2008

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The Brazilian fixed-line market continues to suffer from consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions, the latter offerings being treated as value-add and thus not being regulated. As a result, VoIP services are offered by many providers.

The country is a key platform for a number of important submarine cables connecting to the USA, Central and South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Several new cable systems are due to come into service through to 2022, which will increase bandwidth and push down broadband prices for end-users. Investments are also ongoing into extensive terrestrial cables between Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The principal telcos include Telefonica Brasil, operating fixed-line and mobile services under the Vivo brand, as well as America Movil operating services under the Claro brand. Oi also offers a range of services though the company's financial difficulties have prompted it to consider selling its mobile business in a bid to reduce debt.

Brazil has one of the largest mobile markets in Latin America. Changes to the dynamics of the market further into 2020 are expected if Oi successfully completes the sale of its mobile unit. The multi-spectrum auction intended to push the development of 5G was scheduled for March 2020 but has been delayed due to interference issues with satellite TV broadcasts. The auction will be the largest conducted in Brazil thus far, though given the underused capabilities of LTE it is unlikely that the licensees will provide commercial services before the end of 2021.

The country also has one of the largest broadband markets in Latin America, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the regional average, trailing behind Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Amendments to the licensing regime adopted in October 2019 also require that ISPs which have switched to authorisations invest money saved from lighter regulations be invested in the expansion of broadband services.

Claro is the leading broadband network operator, followed by Vivo and Oi. Oi and Vivo provide services via DSL while Claro is principally a cable broadband provider. The fibre segment has shown the strongest growth during the last two years, reflecting efforts among providers to extend their networks.

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. The report also covers the mobile voice and data segments, providing a range of statistics and analyses, as also subscriber forecasts. In addition, the report reviews the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband sectors, including an assessment of technologies and regulatory influences.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

More operators launch FttP services;

EllaLink cable system becomes operational;

Legislative reform eases restrictions on telcos and opens up market for spectrum trading;

GlobeNet and Facebook start laying the 2,500km Malbec cable;

Seabras-1 cable to provide direct route between the US and Brazil;

Nextel Brazil sold to America Movil;

Multi-spectrum 5G auction delayed due to interference issues;

Mercosur countries end international roaming charges;

Report update includes the regulators market data updates to November 2019, operator data to Q3 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic on the telecom sector, recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telefonica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel Celular, Vodafone Brazil/ARQIA, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Servicos de Comunicacao, Intelig, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPe, Global Crossing, Star One, TelesatBrasil, Hispamar, Telebras, Intelig

Henry Lancaster

April 2020

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Regional Latin America Market Comparison

2.1 Telecom Maturity Index by tier

2.2 TMI versus GDP

2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration

2.4 Fixed and mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

4.1 Economic considerations and responses

4.2 Mobile devices

4.3 Subscribers

4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market

5.1 Historical overview

5.2 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Regulatory developments

6.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)

6.3 General Telecommunications Act

6.4 Regulatory authority

6.5 Fixed-line developments

6.6 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market

7.1 Mobile statistics

7.2 Mobile infrastructure

7.3 Analogue networks

7.4 Digital networks

7.5 Mobile data

7.6 Mobile broadband

7.7 Major mobile operators

7.8 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Digital inclusion and GESAC

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators

9.1 Overview of fixed network market

9.2 Oi (Telemar)

9.3 Vivo (Telefonica Brasil)

9.4 Embratel (Claro)

9.5 Global Village Telecom (GVT)

9.6 TIM Brasil

9.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom

9.8 Sercomtel

10 Telecommunications infrastructure

10.1 National telecom network

10.2 Fixed-line statistics

10.3 International infrastructure

10.4 Infrastructure developments

10.5 Smart infrastructure

10.6 Data centres

11 Appendix Historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Brazil 2020 (e)

Table 2 Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 2019

Table 3 Change in telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2009 2019

Table 4 Change in proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Table 5 Development of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Table 6 Change in telecommunications investment and proportion of revenue 2009 2019

Table 7 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Table 8 Change in proportion of telecom investment by segment 2000 2018

Table 9 Growth in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2008 2017

Table 10 Decline in MTRs 2016 2019

Table 11 Growth in the number of mobile towers by operator 2004 2019

Table 12 Growth in the number of active mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009- 2024

Table 13 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile connections 2009 2019

Table 14 Change in mobile voice and data ARPU 2009 2019

Table 15 Change in mobile market share of subscriptions by technology 2004 2019

Table 16 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers 2013 2019

Table 17 Development in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2013 2019

Table 18 Change in LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 2019

Table 19 3G and LTE network population coverage 2008-2019

Table 20 Increase in the number of Vivo's LTE subscribers and penetration 2015 2019

Table 21 Growth in Vivo's mobile data traffic 2015 2019

Table 22 3G municipal coverage 2008 2019

Table 23 Decline in the number of 3G subscribers and market share 2008 2019

Table 24 Decline in the number of GSM subscribers 2007 2019

Table 25 M2M terminals 2008 2019

Table 26 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 27 Mobile broadband accesses by major operator 2013 2018

Table 28 Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator 2013 2018

Table 29 Increase in mobile broadband population coverage by major operator 2013 2019

Table 30 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2010 2019

Table 31 Change in the number of Vivo's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 32 Development of Vivo's mobile financial data () 2013 2019

Table 33 Development of TIM Brasil's mobile financial data 2009 2019

Table 34 Development of TIM Brasil's financial data () 2014 2019

Table 35 Change in the number of TIM Brasil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 36 Development of Claro Brazil's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Table 37 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 38 Decline in Oi's mobile revenue 2012 2019

Table 39 Decline in the number of Oi's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Table 40 Change in Oi's mobile ARPU 2016 2019

Table 41 Nextel revenue (USD ) 2010 2019

Table 42 Nextel Brazil financial data (RUSD ) 2017 2019

Table 43 Nextel Brazil ARPU 2017 2019

Table 44 Change in the number of Nextel Brazil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 45 Nextel Brazil mobile subscribers by type 2015 2018

Table 46 Algar Telecom voice revenue (mobile and fixed) 2009 2019

Table 47 Development of Algar Telecom's financial data 2015 2019

Table 48 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 49 Decline in the number of Sercomtel's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Table 50 MVNO subscribers 2012 2019

Table 51 Port Seguro mobile subscribers 2012 2019

Table 52 ARQIA mobile subscribers 2013 2019

Table 53 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Table 54 Change in broadband market share of subscribers by main operator 2009 2019

Table 55 Schools connected via the broadband for Schools program 2008 2018

Table 56 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Table 57 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Table 58 Growth in the number of Oi's broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Table 59 Growth in the number of Claro's fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 60 Change in the number of Vivo's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 61 Growth in the number of TIM Brasil's broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Table 62 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom' broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Table 63 Growth in the number of Vivo's FttP/C connections 2014 2019

Table 64 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2008 2020

Table 65 Change in the number of satellite broadband connections 2014 2021

Table 66 Change in operator market share of fixed lines 2009 2019

Table 67 Development of Oi's revenue by service 2012 2019

Table 68 Development of Oi's EBITDA, capex (Brazil) 2012- 2019

Table 69 Decline in the number of Oi's fixed lines in service 2010 2019

Table 70 Decline in the number of Vivo's fixed lines in service 2009 2019

Table 71 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed lines in service 2006 2019

Table 72 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed-line RGUs 2013 2019

Table 73 Decline in Claro Brazil's fixed-line revenue 2013 2019

Table 74 Development of Claro Brazil's financial data 2013 2019

Table 75 Growth in the number of TIM Brazil's fixed lines in service 2012-2019

Table 76 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's fixed lines in service 2012 2019

Table 77 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2024

Table 78 International internet bandwidth 2004 2017

Table 79 Historic-Mobile market share by technology 2004 2009

Table 80 Historic-Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio 2003 2009

Table 81 Historic-LTE geographic and population coverage by operator 2017

Table 82 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1997 2009

Table 83 Historic-Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2002 2009

Table 84 Historic-Mobile ARPU major operators 2009 2017

Table 85 Historic-Oi mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 86 Historic-Claro Brazil mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 87 Historic-Vivo mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 88 Historic Sercomtel mobile subscribers 2003 2009

Table 89 Historic-TIM Brasil mobile subscribers 2002 2018

Table 90 Historic-Algar Telecom mobile subscribers 2003 2009

Table 91 Historic-Nextel Brazil's mobile subscribers 2002 2009

Table 92 Historic-Internet users and penetration 1998 2009

Table 93 Historic-Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 2009

Table 94 Historic-Share of fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform 2010 2015

Table 95 Historic-Fixed broadband connections by speed 2014 2017

Table 96 Historic-Cable modem subscribers and penetration 2001 2018

Table 97 Historic-DSL subscribers and penetration 2001 2009

Table 98 Wi-Fi hotspots in service 2013 2016

Table 99 Historic-Oi broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 100 Historic-Telefonica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected 2008 2015

Table 101 Historic-GVT broadband subscribers 2004 2015

Table 102 Historic-Broadband operators' market share 2003 2009

Table 103 Internet access market share by platform 2005 2015

Table 104 Historic-Average broadband access speed (download) 2007 2017

Table 105 Historic Claro's broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 106 Historic Vivo's fixed broadband subscribers 2001 2009

Table 107 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 2009

Table 108 Historic-Operator market share of fixed lines 2006 2010

Table 109 Historic-Telecommunications investment 2000 2009

Table 110 Historic-Proportion of telecom investment by segment 2000 2009

Table 111 Historic-Evolution of GDP in Brazil 2000 2009

Table 112 Historic-Telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2000 2009

Table 113 Historic-Proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2000 2017

Table 114 Historic-Telecom revenue by segment 2005 2009

Table 115 Historic Oi's fixed lines in service 1999 2009

Table 116 Historic-Vivo's fixed lines in service 1999 2009

Table 117 Historic-Vivo (GVT) financial data 2012 2014

Table 118 Historic-Vivo (GVT) revenue by service 2012 2013

Table 119 Historic Vivo (GVT) fixed lines in service 2006 2015

Chart 1 Latin America Overall Telecoms Maturity Index

Chart 2 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders Category

Chart 3 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers Category

Chart 4 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index Market Laggards Category

Chart 5 South America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 6 Central America Telecoms Maturity Index by country

Chart 7 Latin America Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita

Chart 8 South America mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 9 Latin America fixed broadband penetration versus mobile broadband penetration

Chart 10 Change in telecommunications revenue and proportion to GDP 2009 2019

Chart 11 Change in proportion of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Chart 12 Development of telecom revenue by segment 2009 2019

Chart 13 Change in telecommunications investment and proportion of revenue 2009 2019

Chart 14 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Chart 15 Change in telecommunications investment by sector 2009 2018

Chart 16 Growth in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2008 2017

Chart 17 Decline in MTRs 2016 2019

Chart 18 Growth in the number of mobile towers by operator 2004 2019

Chart 19 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2009- 2024

Chart 20 Change in the prepaid/postpaid ratio of mobile connections 2009 2019

Chart 21 Change in mobile voice and data ARPU 2009 2019

Chart 22 Change in mobile market share of subscriptions by technology 2004 2019

Chart 23 Growth in the number of LTE subscribers 2013 2019

Chart 24 Development in the number of LTE subscribers by operator 2015 2019

Chart 25 Change in LTE subscriber market share by operator 2014 2019

Chart 26 Increase in the number of Vivo's LTE subscribers and penetration 2015 2019

Chart 27 Decline in the number of 3G subscribers and market share 2008 2019

Chart 28 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 29 Increase in mobile broadband population coverage by major operator 2013 2019

Chart 30 Mobile operators' market share of subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 31 Change in the number of Vivo's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 32 Development of Vivo's mobile financial data () 2013 2019

Chart 33 Development of TIM Brasil's mobile financial data 2009 2019

Chart 34 Development of TIM Brasil's financial data () 2014 2019

Chart 35 Change in the number of TIM Brasil's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 36 Development of Claro Brazil's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Chart 37 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 38 Decline in Oi's mobile revenue 2012 2019

Chart 39 Decline in the number of Oi's mobile subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 40 Development of Algar Telecom' financial data 2015 2019

Chart 41 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's mobile subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 42 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2024

Chart 43 Change in broadband market of subscriber by main operator 2009 2019

Chart 44 Growth in the number of cable modem subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Chart 45 Decline in the number of DSL subscribers and penetration 2009 2020

Chart 46 Growth in the number of Oi's broadband subscribers 2010 2019

Chart 47 Growth in the number of Claros's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 48 Change in the number of Vivo's broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 49 Growth in the number of TIM Brasil's broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Chart 50 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom' broadband subscribers 2009 2019

Chart 51 Growth in the number of Vivo's FttP/C connections 2014 2019

Chart 52 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2008 2020

Chart 53 Change in operator market share of fixed lines 2009 2019

Chart 54 Development of Oi's revenue by service 2012 2019

Chart 55 Development of Oi's EBITDA, capex (Brazil) 2012- 2019

Chart 56 Decline in the number of Oi's fixed lines in service 2010 2019

Chart 57 Decline in the number of Vivo's fixed lines in service 2009 2019

Chart 58 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed lines in service 2006 2019

Chart 59 Decline in the number of Claro Brazil's fixed-line RGUs 2013 2019

Chart 60 Decline in Claro Brazil's fixed-line revenue 2013 2019

Chart 61 Development of Claro Brazil's financial data 2013 2019

Chart 62 Growth in the number of TIM Brazil's fixed lines in service 2012-2019

Chart 63 Growth in the number of Algar Telecom's fixed lines in service 2012 2019

Chart 64 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2024

Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 2 South America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 3 Central America-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

Exhibit 4 Map of Brazil

Exhibit 5 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 6 H-band for 3G services lots, areas, and spectrum winners

Exhibit 7 Bands for 4G services blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population

Exhibit 8 700MHz auction results 2014

Exhibit 9 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids December 2015

Exhibit 10 Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing

Exhibit 11 Vivo concessions

Exhibit 12 TIM Brasil concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E

Exhibit 13 Claro Brazil concessions

Exhibit 14 Oi concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M

Exhibit 15 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 16 Regions and states of Brazil

Exhibit 17 Regions and States of Brazil

Exhibit 18 Atlantic Cable System planned

Exhibit 19 Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil

Exhibit 20 Historic-LTE TDD deployments

Exhibit 21 Historic-LTE deployments

Exhibit 22 Historic-3G network launches by operator 2007 2008

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