Vivo Participacoes maintained its position as Brazil’s leading mobile operator by subscribers at the end of June, despite its share of the sector slipping 0.9% to 30.36% between May and June. According to data from the regulator Anatel TIM Brasil retained second place with 25.40% (down 0.2%), and Claro upped its market share by 0.12% to 24.87%. The fourth spot was occupied by Oi with 15.24% (up 0.16%) and Brasil Telecom took fifth place with 3.77% (up 0.01%). Of the minor rankings, CTBC Celular had 0.31% (up 0.01%) and Sercomtel Celular had 0.05% (unchanged).
Brazil’s cellular operators collectively added 2.6 million new users last month to take the country total to 133.1 million active lines, up 24.85% compared to June 2007. Of the total, 81.03% are pre-paid and 18.97% on monthly contracts. At 30 June the cellular penetration rate stood at 69.52%, up 1.88% on the previous month, and 23% higher than at end-June 2007.
In terms of technologies, GSM continues to dominate the mobile sector, accounting for 84.85% of connections, up 0.99% on the month of May, equivalent to 113 million active lines. CDMA’s share of the pie slipped 0.75% to 12.6% of the market, or 16.7 million lines. TDMA claimed 2.53%, or 3.3 million lines, (down from 2.78%) and AMPS had 0.008%, Anatel said.