Brazil: mobile base tops 159.6m in June

21 Jul 2009

The number of registered cellular phones in Brazil reached 159.6 million at the end of last month, up 1.3% on the figure reported in May 2009, thanks to an aggressive marketing push by all major operators, the telecoms regulator Anatel said Monday. Net mobile additions reached 2.1 million in June, down from 2.9 million in May, it said. Vivo Participacoes, the joint venture of Spain’s Telefonica and Portugal Telecom, maintained its number one position in the domestic mobile market with a 29.3% share of subscriptions, ahead of America Movil-backed Telecom Americas (Claro) with 25.4%. Third spot was claimed by TIM Brasil with 23.7%, and in fourth was Telemar Norte Leste (Oi), which increased its market share to 21.2% in June.