The total number of mobile phone subscriptions in Brazil reached 254.9 million by 31 May 2012, up 0.78% (or 1.97 million) from the previous month, according to data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel. However, the watchdog’s findings confirm that growth in May was lower than in the first four months of the year. Net growth in April, for example, totalled 2.2 million new users.
By 1 June Telefonica of Spain’s Telefonica Brasil (Vivo) retained its top spot in the sector with a market sahre of 29.63%, albeit that was down from 29.75% in April. TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) claimed second spot with 26.88% of the market, down marginally from 26.89% a month earlier, while America Movil’s Telecom Americas (Claro) unit was placed third with 24.59%, up from 24.48% in April. Fourth-placed operator Oi SA edged its share upwards to 18.59%, from the 18.57% it registered in April.