Brazil mobile count tops 264m in March; LTE accounts for 0.01%

19 Apr 2013

Figures published by the Brazilian telecoms regulator, the Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel), show that the total number of mobile SIMs in the country stood at 264.035 million at 31 March 2013, up 0.38% on the previous month, thanks to a total of 1.01 million net new additions for the incumbent cellcos. Of the total, some 188.515 million lines were 2G connections, it said, while W-CDMA (3G) accesses had reached 61.303 million and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO added a further 83,326. In addition, the regulator noted that Brazil was home to 7.192 million machine-to-machine (M2M) data terminals and 6.942 million data terminals (i.e. modem-based) connections. Finally, Anatel also published an assessment of early 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) take-up, showing that 0.01% of the total, or 14,700 users, were on LTE at the end of last month. Telecom Americas (Claro), owned by Mexico’s Americal Movil (AM), launched its fledgling 4G service late last year.

In terms of market share, Anatel estimates that mobile market leader Vivo, a unit of Telefonica of Spain, had 28.78% of all users, down from 28.83% in February. Second-placed TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) increased its share of the pie to 26.98% from 26.88%, while number three player Claro lost ground, ending March with 25.11% of the market, compared with 25.12% in February. Brazilian owned Oi SA meanwhile, stayed firmly in fourth with 18.74% of all users, down from 18.83% a month earlier.