Brazil’s mobile base grew 31.4% in 2005, but signs suggest market is slowing

17 Jan 2006

According to the telecoms regulator Anatel, Brazil was home to 86.2 million mobile phone users at the end of 2005, up 31.4% on the 65.6 million reported a year earlier. The country’s cellcos collectively added 20.6 million net additions in 2005, compared with 19.2 million the preceding year, boosting cellular penetration by ten percentage points from 36.6% to 46.6%. Local industry watchers point out, however, that handset sales in the important pre-Christmas run-up were in line with expectations but lower than in 2004, indicating perhaps that the market could begin to slow down in 2006.