Mobile accesses estimated to hit 1bn in 10 years

Friday, September 30, 2011

The number of mobile broadband accesses in Brazil will reach 1bn by 2022, more than quadrupling current connections, local telecom regulator Anatel's superintendent of the private sector, Nelson Takayanagi, said during the Broadband World Forum taking place in Paris.

The growth in mobile shall be driven by new customer connections and by a sizeable number of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, the Anatel official said, according to the event's website.

To reach that figure, though, Takayanagi said the country needs to think of a more assertive public policy to boost broadband access in Brazil's low-income and rural areas.

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He also said the federal government and telecom operators will need to invest some 100bn euros (US$135bn) - some 10bn euros a year - in network infrastructure.

Takayanagi added that cable TV and fixed broadband accesses will surge in the 10 years as well, hitting 70mn and 40mn connections, respectively.

Anatel's latest numbers show that Brazil has 224mn mobile telephony accesses, more than 10% of which corresponds to 3G users.

August figures show that in eight months, mobile telephony has registered more than 21mn new subscriptions (up 10.39% in the year) and teledensity was close to 115 for every 100 residents (up 9.74%).