Brazil’s mobile broadband internet market is forecast to generate revenues of USD3.6 billion by 2016, according to research group Signals. The increased penetration of smartphones and PC tablets is driving growth in the local market, and will be further bolstered by the future rollout of HSPA+ networks by local cellcos.
As reported by CommsUpdate earlier this week, Brazil was home to 26.3 million 3G mobile devices (including modems) at the end of May 2011, up 73% on the same time a year ago. Of the total, some 19.8 million 3G devices were W-CDMA handsets, while the remaining 6.5 million were 3G modems, it said. By the start of June 3G devices accounted for more than 12% of total mobile connections in the country, it added. 3G networks currently provide coverage in 1,523 cities and municipalities across the country, representing 75.4% of the population.