Mobile users reach 78.9 million

19 Sep 2005

According to telecoms regulator Anatel, the total number of mobile subscribers in Brazil reached 78.9 million at the end of August, an increase of 2.3 million in a month, and equating to a penetration rate of 43%. Brasilcel (Vivo) claimed 36.5% of the market, down from 37.3% the previous month, while TIM Brasil took 22.8%, up from 22.4%, and América Móvil (Claro) saw its share remain unchanged at 21.7%. Telemar subsidiary Oi claimed 11% of the market and Brasil Telecom GSM took 2.1%; the latter said it hopes to secure 7% of the central and southern regional market by the end of 2005. Sister companies Telemig and Amazonia cellular claimed a joint share of 5.4% with CTBC taking 0.44%. In terms of technology, GSM subscribers accounted for 46.9%, CDMA 28.6% and TDMA 24%.