Research and Markets: Brazil Telecommunications report Q4 2012

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Research and Markets: Brazil Telecommunications report Q4 2012

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Brazil is one of the most technologically innovative markets in Latin America, and as a result, has a higher 3G penetration rate than any other country in the region. It also has an above average mobile penetration rate, which hit 129.1% in Q212. It has the fifth highest ARPU in the region, which bodes well for operators in the Brazilian market. This is despite a strong competitive environment, with five major players in the mobile market, alongside a number of MVNOs and local players.

- Brazil's mobile subscriber base reached 256.131mn connections, of which 18.3% were postpaid. There were 46.54 W-CDMA subscribers in the market, alongside 6.25mn data terminals and 5.96mn M2M connections. Total mobile broadband connections came to 53.9mn.

- There were 43.2mn fixed-line subscribers in Brazil at the end of Q112 (latest data available.)

- There were 19.209mn fixed broadband subscribers in the Brazilian market at the end of Q212. Coupled with the 53.9mn mobile broadband subscriptions, there were 73.109mn broadband connections in the market at the end of H112.

- Three Brazilian mobile network operators were banned from selling new subscriptions between July 20 and August 3 2012 in selected regions.

- In June 2012, Brazil auctioned 2.5GHz spectrum, outlining requirements for rural and metro access and coverage for the 2014 World Cup. A total of BRL2.93mn was paid by Brazil's top four operators and some smaller players.

- Brazilian mobile operator TIM is under investigation for possible fraud.

- The regulator announced plans to increase the time customers can recommence dropped calls without facing extra charges.

- Vivo Participações claims to have achieved its goal to expand its 3G coverage to 85% of the population, well ahead of its set target of April 2016.

- Just one municipality out of Brazil's 5,505 remained without a mobile network signal in Brazil at the end of May 2012, Anatel revealed.

The Brazil Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, telecommunication associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Brazil's telecommunications industry.

- Brazil Top Of The List

- Claro (America Móvil)

- Company News Alert

- Embratel

- High Expectations

- Oi (Telemar)

- TIM Brasil

- Vivo (Telefônica)