The total number of registered mobile SIMs in Brazil reached 267 million at end-July, up 0.4% (1.26 million) month-on-month, according to data published by the industry regulator Anatel. The country witnessed a higher pace of growth compared to the previous month – Brazil added just 215,300 net new users in June (a 0.07% rise, compared to May) – with Vivo and TIM Particiapcoes (TIM Brasil) each gaining market share. Vivo, the local unit of Telefonica of Spain, closed out July with 28.69% of the market, up from 28.67% the previous month, while Telecom Italia’s TIM Brasil controlled 27.22%, up from 27.17%. By contrast, America Movil’s Telecom Americas (Claro) lost ground with its slice of the pie contracting to 24.97% from 25.01%, and locally owned Oi SA also slipped, with its share falling to 18.66% from 18.71% at end-June. Cellular penetration stood at 134.81% at the same date.
Further, Anatel notes that mobile broadband internet accesses totalled 80.99 million at end-July, of which 257,200 were 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) terminals/devices – a 0.1% market share. A total of 66% of connections were for 2G (GSM) technology and 27.6% were 3G (W-CDMA). Finally, the watchdog reported that there were 7.8 million machine-to-machine (M2M) connections at 31 July and more than seven million data-only terminals – corresponding to 2.64% of the market.