Broadband accesses hit 55.4mn in November

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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.

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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.