The total number of registered mobile phone subscriptions in Brazil climbed by a net 785,750 (or 0.3%) to 263 million by the end of February, according to data published by the national telecoms regulator Anatel. Net growth eclipsed the gains of 482,000 reported in January this year, it added.
In terms of market share, market leader Telefonica (Vivo) saw its slice of the pie erode marginally to 28.83% at end-February, down from 28.91% a month earlier, while second-placed TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) ended the period under review with 26.88% of all users, down from 26.92%. While the two market leaders lost ground, number three operator Telecom Americas (Claro), the local unit of Mexico’s America Movil (AM), boosted its share to 25.12% from 25.00%. Fourth-placed Oi SA meanwhile, ended the month with 18.83% of the market, compared to 18.85% in January.