Anatel reports 3G market grew 67% in a year; could the last TDMA user please turn off network on their way out?

20 Oct 2011

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) has released a report claiming that the country reached a total of 34.5 million 3G mobile subscribers at the end of September 2011, up by 67% in twelve months, according to its data. Of the 3G total, Anatel said there were 27.2 million W-CDMA/HSPA handset users and 7.3 million 3G wireless modem (‘data terminal’) users. The watchdog also reported that the country’s overall mobile handset subscriber base increased by 3.3 million in one month to reach 227.4 million at 30 September 2011. Alongside the 3G subscriptions, the total included 190.8 million 2G GSM user accounts and 2.0 million CDMA2000-based subscribers. The figures also claimed there was just one TDMA mobile customer left in Brazil (although did not name them).

According to Anatel’s end-September 2011 data, Vivo, controlled by Spain’s Telefonica, maintained its mobile market leadership with a 29.5% share (67.0 million subscribers), ahead of Telecom Italia-backed TIM Participacoes with 26.0% (59.2 million users) and America Movil’s Telecom Americas (Claro) unit, which is shown to have been overtaken by TIM during the third quarter of the year, with a reported total of 57.5 million mobile customer accounts, giving it a 25.3% share. Fourth place was taken by Tele Norte Leste Participacoes (Oi) with an 18.8% share at end-September.