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Brazil’s telecoms market: The state of play

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Brazil’s telecoms market: The state of play

Mobile telephony, notably 5G technology, was the only service to grow in the Brazilian telecom market in November from October, according to updated figures from regulator Anatel.

The country ended the month with 339.6mn telecom accesses reported as being in service, down some 500,000 from end- October.

Fixed broadband, pay TV and fixed telephony accesses all fell in the period. 

In the 12 months ending November, the telecom base shrank by 1.9mn accesses. 

In the 12-month comparison, the biggest drop was in pay TV at 2.3mn subscribers, followed by fixed telephony (down 2mn). Mobile telephony remained stable, while fixed broadband grew by 2.5mn.

BNamericas breaks down the latest figures. Some of the statistics tend to be revised the following month by Anatel as certain service providers report their base after the publication of the original figures or corrections are made to the reported accesses.

FIXED BROADBAND

Fiber accounted for 73.7% of all fixed broadband accesses in Brazil at the end of November. 

In the 12 months to November, fiber accounted for 3.7mn new connections. Most of those came from internet service providers (ISPs).

Small ISPs and other providers without a nationwide footprint had a combined 41.9% share of the fiber broadband market at end-November, and 37% of total fixed broadband.

The group excludes carriers with a share of more than 1%, which are: EB Fibra (Alloha, 4.4% of the fiber total), Brisanet (3.7%), Claro (3.6%), Desktop (2.9%), Vero (2.4%), Algar (2.3%), TIM (2.1%), Unifique (2%), Americanet (1.7%), Alares (1.7%) and Brasil TecPar (1.2%).

They also exclude market leaders Telefônica and Oi, which had 17.6% and 12.5% of the fiber broadband market in November.

In the fixed broadband segment, considering all means of access, Claro remained the leading player with 21.1%, followed by Telefônica (14.2%) and Oi (10.2%). 

All three increased their base during the month.

As for other technologies, coaxial cable accounted for 18.5% of the fixed broadband base, radio 3.6%, metallic cable 3.4% and satellite 0.9%.

MOBILE TELEPHONY

Launched in July 2022, 5G is closing the gap on legacy 2G and 3G technologies.

The new technology ended November with 7.5% (or 19mn accesses) of the country’s total mobile base, which stood at 254.9mn lines. One year before, 5G was just 5.1mn of Brazil’s base.

During the month, the technology expanded by 1.4mn lines. 

Meanwhile, competition between Claro and Telefônica, which operates as Vivo, for 5G leadership remains heated.

After losing the lead to its rival in October, Claro overtook Telefônica again in November and ended the month with a 37.7% 5G share versus 37.4% for its competitor. TIM followed with 24.9%, flat on October.

Considering all technologies, Telefônica remained the market leader with 38.7% of the mobile market in November, followed by Claro (33.8%), TIM (24%) and Algar Telecom (1.6%). 

Claro was the only provider to grow its base, while Telefônica’s remained flat.

2G and 3G accounted for 8.1% and 8.3% of the mobile base, respectively, while 76.1% of lines were 4G.

LANDLINES AND PAY TV

The two most traditional telecom segments continue to decline.

Pay TV accesses fell in November to 11.9mn from 12.1mn at end-October, while fixed telephony lines dropped to 25.6mn from 25.7mn.

In pay TV, satellite accounted for 54.3% of all connections, down from 54.6% the month before. Coaxial cable grew to 34.7% from 34.5% while fiber remained flat at 10.9%.

Claro led the segment with a 45.8% market share, followed by Sky/AT&T (28.5%), Oi (14.7%), Telefônica (7.1%) and others (3.8%). Oi again saw the largest drop among all providers.

In fixed telephony, Claro led with 29.0%, followed by Oi (26.4%), Telefônica (25.4%), Algar Telecom (4.8%) and TIM (2.7%).

Fiber-based providers TVN Nacional, EB Fibra, Americanet and Brisanet followed, with shares of 1.5%, 1.2%, 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively.

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