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The number of broadband subscriptions in Brazil increased 68% year-on-year in November, to 55.4mn, according to recent data from national telecommunications union Telebrasil.
Over the last 12 months, 22.4mn new broadband subscriptions were added, representing a daily average of 61,000 new accesses.
In November alone, 3.2mn new broadband subscriptions were activated, up 66% compared to the year's monthly average of 1.9mn. The pace of new subscriptions is already more than one new access per second, Telebrasil said.
According to the union, of the total broadband subscriptions, 16.5mn are fixed and 38.9mn mobile connections. The fixed niche grew 21.9% over the last 12 months, with 3mn new connections added, while mobile broadband subscribers doubled, adding 19.4mn new connections.
Of total mobile broadband connections, modems make up 7.6mn and 3G-enabled handsets 31.3mn.
Telebrasil's data also showed that 3G subscriptions accounted for almost half (46%) of the 40mn handsets activated in the country in 2011.
Competition has also intensified, and data shows that 40% of the country's population lives in cities served by at least four carriers.