Brazil: mobile user base climbs towards 165m lines in August

22 Sep 2009

The total number of registered mobile lines in Brazil reached nearly 165 million at the end of August on the back of 2.6 million net monthly additions, according to the country’s telecoms regulator Anatel. Moreover, in the first eight months of the year the Brazilian mobile user base expanded by 13.9 million lines it said, compared with 17.4 million in the corresponding period of 2008. Of the total lines at 31 August 2009, some 135 million lines, or 82.1% of the total, were pre-paid lines, while the remaining 29.5 million were on monthly contracts. Cellular penetration stood at 85% by the end of August, Anatel said, with Vivo Participacoes leading the way with a market share of 29.4%, ahead of Telecom Americas (Claro) with 25.4%, TIM Brasil (23.8%) and Oi with 21.0%.