Brazilian mobile base tops 130 million-mark

19 Jun 2008

The total number of active mobile lines in Brazil reached 130.5 million at the end of May, up 24.2% year-on-year, according to preliminary data published by the country’s telecoms watchdog Anatel. Of the total, some 80.95% are on pre-paid options and 19.05% are on post-paid monthly contracts. Last month Brazil’s mobile operators collectively signed up a total of 2.8 million net new lines, up 2.2% month-on-month and 27.1% higher than the number of users added in May 2007. As a result, the overall cellular penetration rate stood at 68.23% at the end of last month. However, there are some marked regional differences. Distrito Federal boasted a mobile teledensity of 126.01%, the state of Rio de Janeiro was 85.09% and Mato Grosso do Sul was 83.59%. By contrast cellular penetration in the north of the country was 51.17%, the northeast was 53.91%, the southeast (75.81%, the south (74.26%) and the centre-west (85.35%).

In terms of market share, Brazilian mobile operator Vivo led the way with 30.45% of the market, compared to 30.36% in April. TIM Brasil remained in second place with 25.60%, down from 25.85% a month earlier, and Claro, a unit of Mexico’s America Movil was third with 24.75%. TNL PCS (Oi) took the fourth spot with 15.09% in May, while Brasil Telecom (BrT GSM) came in fifth with 3.76%, up from 3.66% in April. In the minor rankings, CTBC Telecom Celular remained at 0.30% and Sercomtel Celular decreased from 0.06% in April to 0.05% in May.

BNamericas reports that Anatel amended its data reporting in April to reflect the incorporation of Telemig Celularby Vivo, and of Amazonia Celular by Oi.