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Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Feb 2017

Category :

Media

No. of Pages : 120 Pages

Supported by a population of some 204 million, the Brazilian telecoms market is among the largest in Latin America. Telecoms revenue has been adversely affected by the ongoing economic crisis which has dented consumer confidence and reduced spend on services.

The country’s telecom infrastructure will be significantly augmented during the next two years as additional submarine cables become ready for service. In addition, the government-owned SGDC satellite, due to be launched in March 2017, will provide defence communications for the Ministry of Defence as well as broadband services to support the National Broadband Plan (PNBL), a project which recently secured additional funding.

Substantial investments and regulatory reforms were implemented before the FIFA World Cup was held in 2014 and again before the 2016 Olympic Games. The Games stimulated investment in infrastructure, though the chief beneficiaries were the host cities rather than the country at large.

The fixed-line market has been hit by consumers substituting services for mobile and VoIP solutions. The broadband market is also one of the largest markets in the region, though broadband penetration is only slightly above the Latin American average, trailing behind neighbouring Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. The mobile market is dominated by the four network operators Vivo, Claro, TIM and Oi. All four secured spectrum in the 2.5GHz band with which they are expanding their LTE networks and so capitalising on consumer demand for mobile data services. The government has also sanctioned the use of the 700MHz band – previously allocated to TV broadcasters – for mobile broadband use, though the spectrum will not be fully released by broadcasters until further into 2017.

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 number of subscribers has fallen sharply. This was partly 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 and so take advantage of cheaper on-net offers. Another factor has been the economic recession.

This report provides detail on Brazil’s telecom market, including an assessment of infrastructure developments and the regulatory environment. It profiles the main fixed-line operators and examines their strategies in the light of relevant company financial and operating statistics. The report also reviews the digital media and broadband markets, accompanied by analyses and broadband scenario forecasts to 2021. In addition the report examines the mobile voice and data market, including a range of statistics and analyses, as also scenario forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Telebrás aiming to use the SDGC satellite for broadband services after launch in March 2017;
  • ACSea submarine cable linking Brazil and Europe contracted by Telebrás and IslaLink;
  • Government approves an additional R$15.1 billion for National Broadband Plan;
  • Bankrupt Oi seeks to invest R$24 billion through to 2019 in LTE and fibre infrastructure;
  • Net Serviços launches a 500Mb/s service for the residential market;
  • Claro and Net trial LTE Broadcast technology;
  • EU and Brazil sign cooperation agreement to develop 5G technologies;
  • Ericsson contracted by América Móvil to pave a path to 5G;
  • LTE subscriber reaches 60 million by end-2016;
  • Ministry of Communications approves projects worth R$450 million to deliver LTE-450 to municipalities in 14 states;
  • Videostreaming and economic crisis causing drop in pay-TV subscriber base;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, company financial and operating data for Q4 2016, 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, Net Serviços de Comunicação, Sky Brasil, Claro TV, Vivo TV, Oi TV, GVT TV, Vivo, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Vivo, Oi, Embratel, GVT, Universo Online (UOL), Net Serviços de Comunicação, TIM Brasil, Intelig, CTBC/Algar Telecom, Sercomtel, Neovia, Eletropaulo Telecom, Copel, BuscaPé, Telefônica Brasil/Vivo, TIM Brasil, Claro, Oi, Nextel Brasil, Algar/CTBC Telecom; Sercomtel Celular.

Table of Content

1.Key statistics
1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis

3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Regulatory developments
3.2 General Plan for Updating Telecom Regulations (PGR)
3.3 Regulatory authority
3.3.1 Anatel
3.4 Privatisation of Telebrás
3.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in Brazil
3.6 General Competition Plan
3.7 Concessions and authorisations
3.8 Mirror companies
3.9 Universal service goals
3.10 Government telecom funds (Fust, Fistel, and Funttel)
3.11 Foreign investment
3.12 Number Portability (NP)
3.13 Access
3.14 Interconnection
3.15 Fixed-line contract renewal – 2006
3.16 Fixed-line contract renewal – 2011

4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Overview of fixed network market
4.2 Oi (Telemar)
4.3 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
4.4 Embratel (Claro)
4.5 Global Village Telecom (GVT)
4.6 TIM Brasil
4.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
4.8 Sercomtel

5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 National telecom network
5.1.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 Submarine cable networks
5.2.2 Satellite networks
5.3 Infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Amazon cable
5.3.2 Very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks
5.4 Wholesale
5.5 Smart infrastructure

6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.1.3 Forecasts – fixed broadband market 2016; 2018; 2021
6.1.4 Digital inclusion and GESAC
6.1.5 National broadband plan
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Fixed wireless

7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Regulatory issues
7.2.1 Pay TV law
7.2.2 Incumbent fixed-line telcos in the pay TV sector
7.2.3 Foreign ownership regulations
7.2.4 Videostreaming
7.2.5 Pay TV statistics
7.2.6 Key digital media players
7.2.7 Net Serviços de Comunicação
7.2.8 Sky Brasil
7.2.9 Oi TV
7.2.10 Vivo TV
7.2.11 Vivo (GVT TV)
7.2.12 Algar Telecom (CTBC TV)
7.3 Communications: VoIP
7.4 Cable TV
7.5 Multichannel multipoint distribution systems (MMDS)
7.6 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
7.7 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)

8. Digital economy
8.1 E-commerce
8.2 S-commerce
8.3 E-government
8.4 E-health
8.5 E-learning
8.6 Online games

9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile data
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.2.4 Forecasts – mobile market - 2016; 2018; 2021
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Mobile spectrum allocation and concession areas
9.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
9.3.4 Network sharing
9.3.5 Tower infrastructure
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Mobile technologies
9.4.2 Analogue networks
9.4.3 Digital networks
9.4.4 Other infrastructure developments
9.4.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9.5 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
9.5.1 Introduction
9.5.2 Vivo (Telefônica Brasil)
9.5.3 TIM Brasil
9.5.4 Claro Brazil
9.5.5 Oi
9.5.6 Nextel Brasil
9.5.7 CTBC/Algar Telecom
9.5.8 Sercomtel Celular
9.5.9 Unicel/Aeiou (defunct)
9.5.10 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.5.11 Porto Seguro
9.5.12 Vodafone Brazil (Datora)
9.5.13 Virgin Mobile
9.5.14 Correios
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 M-commerce
9.6.2 M-banking
9.6.3 Mobile games
9.7 Mobile handsets

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Evolution of GDP in Brazil – 2000 - 2016
Table 8 – Telecommunications revenue – 2000 - 2016
Table 9 – Proportion of telecom revenue by segment – 2000 - 2014
Table 10 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 - 2016
Table 11 – Telecommunications investment – 2000 - 2015
Table 12 – Broadband traffic growth per subscriber – 1998 - 2019
Table 13 – Proportion of telecom investment by segment – 2000 - 2014
Table 14 – Fixed lines in service – operators’ market share – 2006 - 2016
Table 15 – Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2016
Table 16 – Oi EBITDA, capex – 2012- 2016
Table 17 – Oi – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2016
Table 18 – Vivo – fixed lines in service – 1999 - 2016
Table 19 – Claro Brazil – fixed lines in service – 2006 - 2016
Table 20 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line RGUs – 2013 - 2016
Table 21 – Claro Brazil – fixed-line revenue – 2013 - 2016
Table 22 – Vivo (GVT) financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
Table 23 – Vivo (GVT) revenue by service (historic) – 2012 - 2013
Table 24 – Vivo (GVT) – fixed lines in service (historic) – 2006 - 2015
Table 25 – TIM Brasil – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2016
Table 26 – Algar Telecom – fixed lines in service – 2012 - 2016
Table 27 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
Table 28 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
Table 29 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 30 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 31 – Internet users and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 32 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2018
Table 33 – Internet access market share by platform – 2005 - 2015
Table 34 – Share if fixed/fixed wireless broadband subscriptions by platform – 2010 - 2015
Table 35 – Broadband operators’ market share – 2003 - 2016
Table 36 – Fixed broadband connections by speed – 2014 - 2016
Table 37 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2016; 2018, 2021
Table 38 – Average broadband access speed (download) – 2008 - 2016
Table 39 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2016
Table 40 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 - 2017
Table 41 – Oi – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
Table 42 – Net – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
Table 43 – Vivo – broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2016
Table 44 – GVT – broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2015
Table 45 – TIM Brazil broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2016
Table 46 – Algar Telecom broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2016
Table 47 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP homes passed and connected – 2008 - 2015
Table 48 – Telefónica/Vivo FttP/C connections – 2014 - 2015
Table 49 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2016
Table 50 – Wi-Fi hotspots in service – 2013 - 2015
Table 51 – Satelite broadband connections – 2014 - 2016
Table 52 – Fibre-based TV subscribers – 2014 - 2016
Table 53 – Historic - Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 54 – Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
Table 55 – Historic - Pay TV market share by technology – 1998 - 2009
Table 56 – Pay TV market share by technology – 2010 - 2016
Table 57 – Pay TV market revenue – 2005 - 2015
Table 58 – Pay TV subscriber net additions by platform – 2012 - 2016
Table 59 – Pay TV operators – market share – 2000 - 2016
Table 60 – Grupo Claro (Net Serviços) – cable TV subscribers – 2000 - 2016
Table 61 – Sky Brazil TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
Table 62 – Oi TV subscribers – 2010 – 2016
Table 63 – Vivo TV subscribers – 2012 – 2016
Table 64 – Vivo (GVT) subscribers (historic) – 2011 – 2014
Table 65 – Algar Telecom pay TV subscribers – 2011 - 2016
Table 66 – Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 67 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
Table 68 – Historic - MMDS subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 69 – MMDS subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
Table 70 – Historic - DTH subscribers and penetration – 1998 - 2009
Table 71 – DTH subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2016
Table 72 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
Table 73 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010- 2018
Table 74 – Mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2003 - 2016
Table 75 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 - 2016
Table 76 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
Table 77 – Average mobile broadband speed – 2008 - 2016
Table 78 – Mobile broadband accesses by major operator – 2013 - 2016
Table 79 – Mobile broadband accesses by minor operator – 2013 - 2016
Table 80 – 3G/mobile broadband market share by operator – 2009 – 2016
Table 81 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 82 – Mobile market share by technology – 2004 - 2016
Table 83 – GSM subscribers – 2014 - 2016
Table 84 – 3G municipal coverage – 2008 - 2016
Table 85 – 3G subscribers and market share of all mobile subscribers – 2008 - 2016
Table 86 – LTE subscribers – 2013 - 2016
Table 87 – LTE subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2016
Table 88 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 - 2016
Table 89 – M2M terminals (standard) – 2008 – 2016
Table 90 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2002 - 2016
Table 91 – LTE subscriber market share by operator – 2014 – 2016
Table 92 – Vivo mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
Table 93 – Vivo/Telemig– mobile subscribers (historic) – 2002 - 2007
Table 94 – Vivo mobile revenue (R$) – 2010 - 2015
Table 95 – Vivo financial data (€) – 2013 - 2016
Table 96 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data – 2010 - 2016
Table 97 – TIM Brasil – mobile financial data (€) – 2014 - 2016
Table 98 – TIM Brasil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
Table 99 – Claro Brazil mobile revenue – 2010 - 2016
Table 100 – Claro Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
Table 101 – Oi mobile revenue – 2012 - 2016
Table 102 – Oi – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
Table 103 – Oi/Amazônia/BrT – mobile subscribers –2002 - 2008 (historic)
Table 104 – NII Holdings mobile revenue (R$) – 2012 - 2015
Table 105 – Nextel Brazil revenue ($) – 2010 - 2016
Table 106 – Nextel Brazil – mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
Table 107 – Algar Telecom mobile revenue – 2009 - 2016
Table 108 – Algar Telecom mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
Table 109 – Sercomtel – mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
Table 110 – MVNO subscribers – 2012 - 2016
Table 111 – Port Seguro mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2016
Table 112 – Datora mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2016
Table 113 – Handset and smartphones sales – 2011 - 2015
Table 114 – Domestic mobile handset production – 2003 – 2014

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Evolution of telecom revenue in Brazil – 2001 - 2016
Chart 2 – Telecom revenue by segment – 2005 – 2016
Chart 3 – Oi revenue by service – 2012 - 2016
Chart 4 – Evolution of fixed lines in service – 2005 - 2018
Chart 5 – Internet users and penetration – 2005 – 2018
Chart 6 – Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2018
Chart 7 – Broadband market share at a glance – 2007 - 2016
Chart 8 – Cable modem subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2016
Chart 9 – DSL subscribers and penetration – 2001 – 2017
Chart 10 – Pay TV subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2016
Chart 11 – Pay TV market share by technology – 2005 - 2016
Chart 12 – Evolution of Brazil’s mobile subscriber base – 2000 - 2018
Chart 13 – Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil – major operators – 2009 – 2016
Exhibit 1 – Map of Brazil
Exhibit 2 – Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 3 – Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 4 – Vivo – company history
Exhibit 5 – Embratel – company history
Exhibit 6 – GVT – company history
Exhibit 7 – Regions and States of Brazil
Exhibit 8 – Atlantic Cable System – planned
Exhibit 9 – Geostationary satellites operating in Brazil
Exhibit 10 – Regions and states of Brazil
Exhibit 11 – TVA
Exhibit 12 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas
Exhibit 13 – H-band for 3G services – lots, areas, and spectrum winners
Exhibit 14 – Bands for 4G services – blocks, winners, and price/MHz/population
Exhibit 15 – LTE TDD deployments
Exhibit 16 – LTE deployments
Exhibit 17 – 700MHz auction results - 2014
Exhibit 18 – 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2.5GHz auction bids – December 2015
Exhibit 19 – 3G network launches by operator – 2007 - 2008
Exhibit 20 – Subdivision of Brazil into regions and areas for mobile licensing
Exhibit 21 – Vivo – concessions
Exhibit 22 – TIM Brasil – concession awards for frequency bands A, B, D, E
Exhibit 23 – Claro Brazil – concessions
Exhibit 24 – Oi – concession awards for frequency bands A, D, E, M

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