Huawei: Brazilian mobile broadband base to reach 15m by year-end

24 Mar 2010

The total number of mobile broadband subscriptions in Brazil could top 15 million by the end of this year, the technology and products director for the local unit of Chinese equipment maker Huawei Technologies, Marcelo Motta, told BNamericas. Motta said that in 2010 he estimates the overall mobile broadband user base will eclipse fixed line connections, driven by a drop in the prices of 3G handset and devices as mass penetration impacts on the local market. The Huawei official noted that whilst all Brazilian cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants are covered with 3G services – equivalent to 64.6% of the population – in terms of municipalities nationwide, only 12.8% have coverage. Motta believes that there is much more to be done to improve access in smaller cities and towns and that domestic cellcos will focus their initial efforts on boosting existing transmission capacity to deal with data traffic demands, rather than expand 3G into green field sites.