Brazil surpassed 140M broadband connections mark in February

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Brazil's wireline and wireless broadband adoption continues to ramp, surpassing the 140 million mark in February.

According to a survey by Brazil's telecom regulator, the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil), 46.9 million new connections were activated during the past year.

On the wireline broadband side, the regulator reported a total of 22.4 million connections. Out of this figure, 1.6 million connections were activated in the last 12 months, an 11 percent year-over-year increase. Likewise, the country reported 118 million mobile users in February 2014, up 62 percent from February 2013.

In addition to extending service to more communities, service providers continue to upgrade their networks to support speeds from 75 to 100 Mbps. A number of Brazil's major service providers, including TIM and Oi, have been rolling out mixed fiber to the curb/building (FTTC/FTTB)-based services.

TIM partnered with ZTE in 2012 to complete 60 percent of the first phase of its mixed fiber to the curb/building (FTTC/FTTB) project in Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, Telebras, Brazil's state-owned telco, is in the process of completing the construction of DWDM optical rings that will initially support the upcoming World Cup event. Later, the DWDM rings will be incorporated into part of its own metro networks and be used for its National Broadband Plan (PNBL) initiative.

For more:
- see the release (translated from Portuguese)

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