03/31/2015

3G: 3rd Cellular Generation in Brazil

 

This page:Keeps track of the evolution in the number of 3G cellulars in Brazil, and suppliers of 3G networks.


 

Brazil has 162.9 million 3G mobile accesses in Jan/15

 

Brazil ended January counting 162.9 million mobile broadband accesses, being:

  • 148.8 million via 3G handsest (WCDMA);
  • 6.4 million broadband terminals (in most of the modens) and
  • 7.7 million via 4G handsets (LTE).

56.2% of the cell phones in Brazil are mobile broadband accesses.

 

Claro is market share leader in accesses via handsets WCDMA and in M2M terminals*. Vivo leads in broadband data terminals.

 

Anatel considers as mobile broadband the WCDMA and LTE accesses plus broadband data terminals.

 

* M2M data terminals aren't classified as mobile broadband accesses by Anatel.

 

 

3G Mobile Accesses in Brazil

 

thousands 1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 Jan/15
3G accesses by handsets (WCDMA)
105,402 118,474 132,203 144,668 148,837
Broadband data terminals
6,937 6,743 6,578 6,433 6,339
M2M data terminals
8,669 9,101 8,788 8,586 8,666
Data terminals (3G and not 3G)
15,606 15,844 15,366 15,019 15,005
4G accesses by handsets ( LTE) 2,078 3,270 4,659 6,766 7,752
Mobile Broadband Total (Anatel)
114,417 128,487 143,439 157,868 162,928

*Estimated by Teleco.

NoteI: Anatel considers Mobile Broadband the number of WCDMA and LTE accesses plus broadband dada terminals.

Note II: The number of data terminals (3G and not 3G) is reached by adding broadband data terminals plus M2M data terminals.

 

 

Net adds (thousands) Jan/15
Accumulated in Aug/14
Accumulated in 12 months
3G accesses by handsets (WCDMA)
4,168 4,168 50,997
Broadband Data Terminals (94) (94) (651)
M2M Data Terminals 80 80 287
Data terminals (3G and not 3G)
(14) (14) (364)
4G accesses by handsets ( LTE) 987 987 6,186
Mobile Broadband Total (Anatel)
5,061 5,061 56,532

 

 

Evolution of 3G cellular in Brazil

 

Milhares 1Q13 2Q13 3Q13 4Q13 1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14
3G cellulars
61,303 70,160 80,719 94,764 105,402 118,474 132,203 144,668
Data Terminals 6,943 7,064 7,042 7,034 6,937 6,743 6,578 6,433
4G accesses by handsets ( LTE) 15 174 553 1,310 2,078 3,270 4,659 6,766
Total 3G 68,261 77,398 88,314 103,108 114,417 128,487 143,439 157,868

 

 

Millions 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
3G cellulars
1,692 4,091 14,614 33,240 52,468 94,764 144,668
Data Terminals 800* 2,174* 3,014* 3,974* 6,718 7,034 6,433
4G accesses by handsets ( LTE) - - - - - 1,310 6,766
Total 3G 2,492 6,264 17,628 37,214 59,185 103,108 157,868

*Estimated by Teleco.

NoteI: Anatel considers Mobile Broadband the number of WCDMA and LTE accesses plus broadband dada terminals.

Note II: The number of data terminals (3G and not 3G) is reached by adding broadband data terminals plus M2M data terminals.

 

 

Mobile Broadband Average Speed in Brazil

 

Kbps 1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 ∆Qter ∆Year
Average Speed 1,200 1,500 1,500 1,800 3.45% 11.11%
Source: Akamai

 

Kbps 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Average Speed 576 769 857 1,205 1,400 1,800
Source: Akamai

 

 

3G Networks Kick Off

 

Operators Kick Off Frequencies
Vivo (Telemig)
Nov/07
850 MHz and 1900/2100 MHz
Claro
Nov/07
850 MHz and 1900/2100 MHz
CTBC
Apr/08
1900/2100 MHz
Tim
Apr/08
1900/2100 MHz
Brasil Telecom
Apr/08
1900/2100 MHz
Oi
May/08
1900/2100 MHz
Vivo
Sep/08
1900/2100 MHz
Sercomtel
Dec/08
850 MHz

 

 

3G Network Suppliers

 

The following table presents the 3G net suppliers for operators in Brazil.

 

Operator Core Access equipments
Vivo
Ericsson
Ericsson and Huawei
Tim
Ericsson
Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens and Huawei
Claro
Ericsson and Nokia-Siemens
Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens and Huawei
Oi
Nokia-Siemens
Nokia-Siemens and Huawei
BrT
Ericsson*
Ericsson and ZTE*
CTBC
Huawei
Huawei
Sercomtel
Huawei
Huawei

*With the acquisition of BrT by Oi, Ericsson and ZTE were replaced by Nokia-Siemens and Huawei.

 

 

 

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