The number of people with a mobile phone in Brazil climbed 21.08% in 2007 to 120.98 million, according to preliminary figures published by the telecoms regulator Anatel. Of the total, around 81% were pre-paid users and 19% were on monthly contracts, it said. Although the overall pace of mobile subscriber growth is slowing, Anatel noted that 4.66 million new customers were added in December alone.
Portugal Telecom and Telefonica’s joint venture wireless operator Vivo maintained its leading position in the sector with a market share of 27.68%, up from 27.60% in November, ahead of Telecom Italia’s TIM Brasil unit with 25.85% (down from 25.88%) and America Movil-backed Telecom Americas (Claro) in third with 24.99% (24.98%). The fourth place operator was Oi with around 13%.