Anatel reports 2.08m 4G connections at end-March

7 May 2014

One year after the official launch of fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services in Brazil, the country was home to 2.077 million 4G connections by 31 March 2014, while LTE coverage has been extended to 99 cities where around 36% of Brazilians reside, according to data from telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel) and the SindiTelebrasil telcos association. Despite the relatively poor take-up of 4G, the pair note that all domestic carriers were able to launch advanced mobile services within the timeframe established by the watchdog. As at 1 April, Telefonica (Vivo) was reportedly the largest player in the segment with around 858,000 LTE accesses, followed by TIM Brasil (676,000), Claro Brasil (321,000) and Oi (222,700).