At end-April 2014, Brazil’s mobile operators had collectively rolled out 3G (W-CDMA) services to 91.5% of the population covering a total of 3,692 towns and cities, according to data released by local research house Teleco. The figures mark a marginal improvement from 90.6% coverage in 3,554 towns/cities reported at the start of this year, and the coverage figure of 87.9% (3,293 municipalities) it recorded at end-2012. Mobile market leader Telefonica (Vivo) continues to lead the pack by a fair margin, with coverage of 86.8% of Brazilians (3,142 cities) at end-April, ahead of America Movil-owned Claro Brasil with 1,730 municipalities served (76.3%). Third place is taken by Oi SA with coverage of 1,033 cities (79.3%) and the fourth spot is held by TIM Brasil (1,001 cities, 70.4%). NII Holdings’ Nextel Brasil meanwhile has upped its 3G coverage significantly in the past twelve months, reaching 407 municipalities (46.9%) by end-April, up from just 91 cities and 13.4% three months earlier.