01/10/2017

3G: 3rd Cellular Generation in Brazil

 

In this page: Readers can keep track of the evolution of cities and population covered by 3G technology in Brazil.


Cities covered with 3G technology (WCDMA) in Brazil

 

Operator 2013 2014 2015 Nov/16 Dec/16
Vivo1
3,137 3,289 3,538 3,652 3,652
Claro1 1,374 1,768 2,332 2,999 3,083
Tim1 1,000 1,336 1,741 2,313 2,313
Oi* 951 1,104 1,197 1,198 1,198
Algar* 32 35 35 35 35
Sercomtel* 2 2 2 2 2
Nextel* 91 410 410 410 410
Total 3,517 3,904 4,429 4,946 4,966
% of covered cities 63.8% 70.1% 79.5% 88.8% 89.2%

Source: 1 Operators * Operators' websites

Note: Data were collected from 06/Apr tp 10/Apr. The data in operators websites may vary according to the each company.

 

 

 

Population covered with 3G technology (WCDMA) in Brazil

 

Operator 2013 2014 2015 Nov/16 Dec/16
Vivo
86.8% 87.6% 88.8% 89.7% 89.7%
Claro 72.4% 77.0% 82.5% 88.0% 88.8%
Tim 70.4% 72.3% 75.2% 79.2% 79.2%
Oi (with BrT) 68.5% 71.1% 72.2% 72.2% 72.2%
Algar 1.2% 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.3%
Sercomtel 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3%
Nextel 13.4% 47.2% 47.2% 47.2% 47.2%
Total 90.3% 92.5% 95.0% 98.0% 98.1%

* Claro didn't update the number of covered cities

 

 

Cities covered by 3G technology (WCDMA) in Brazil - 2016

 

Operators
Cities
% Cities Population % Population
Have no coverage
604 10.8% 3,904,172 1.9%
1 1,944 34.9% 19,800,502 9.6%
2 1,438 25.8% 22,968,041 11.1%
3 777 13.9% 19,645,575 9.5%
4 497 8.9% 44,635,992 21.7%
5 306 5.5% 93,568,445 45.4%
6 4 0.1% 1,591,340 0.8%
Total 4,966 89.2% 202,209,895 98.1%

 

 

 

Cities covered with 3G technology (WCDMA) by state in 2016

 

Cities Vivo Claro TIM Oi Algar Sercomtel Nextel
Acre 5 22 2 3 - - -
Alagoas 65 48 26 19 - - -
Amazonas 26 50 6 3 - - 1
Amapá 7 11 2 3 - - 1
Bahia 280 325 114 70 - - 11
Ceará 81 127 79 37 - - 3
Brasília 1 1 1 1 - - -
Espírito Santo 78 30 51 20 - - 6
Goiás 97 104 48 40 2 - 7
Maranhão 61 202 74 82 - - -
Minas Gerais 722 343 250 168 23 - 12
Mato Grosso do Sul 48 29 30 15 1 - -
Mato Grosso 64 36 22 23 - - -
Pará 95 121 49 30 - - 2
Paraíba 83 64 84 14 - - 1
Pernambuco 140 124 89 39 - - 11
Piauí 90 51 29 16 - - 1
Paraná 232 151 392 92 - 2 23
Rio de Janeiro 92 81 71 61 - - 53
Rio Grande do Norte 49 53 62 23 - - 1
Rondônia 22 51 7 7 - - -
Roraima 5 14 3 1 - - 1
Rio Grande do Sul 401 258 103 96 - - 28
Santa Catarina 167 111 274 68 - - 22
Sergipe 75 40 18 9 - - 1
São Paulo 645 501 406 251 9 - 225
Tocantins 21 135 21 7 - - -
Total 3,652 3,083 2,313 1,198 35 2 410

 

 

 

3G Coverage (WCDMA) by SMC Region in 2016

 

 

 

Region Cities % Cities Population % Population
1 and 2 São Paulo (Capital) and (interor) 645 100.0% 44,749,699 100.0%
3 Rio de Janeiro/Espírito Santo 170 100.0% 20,609,693 100.0%
4 Minas Gerais 766 89.8% 20,368,187 97.0%
5 Paraná/Santa Catarina 685 98.3% 18,101,303 99.6%
6 Rio Grande do Sul 426 86.2% 11,083,497 98.4%
7 Middle-West 504 74.1% 18,646,480 94.2%
8 North 449 98.9% 20,404,438 99.3%
9 Bahia/Sergipe 492 100.0% 17,542,345 100.0%
10 Northeast 829 76.4% 30,704,253 94.7%
Total 4,966 89.2% 202,209,895 98.1%

 

 

3G Coverage (WCDMA) by City in 2016

 

Population in million inhabitants

SMC Vivo Claro Tim Oi Algar Sercomtel Nextel
1 and 2 645 501 406 251 9 - 225
3 170 111 122 81 - - 59
4 722 343 250 168 23 - 12
5 400 264 667 161 - 2 45
6 400 256 102 95 - - 28
7 258 378 131 96 3 - 7
8 194 398 134 119 - - 5
9 355 365 132 79 - - 12
10 508 467 369 148 - - 17
Total 3,652 3,083 2,313 1,198 35 2 410

 

 

Percentage of 3G Coverage (WCDMA) by population in 2016

 

SMC Vivo Claro Tim Oi Algar Sercomtel Nextel
1 and 2 100.0% 97.8% 94.5% 88.7% 1.4% - 87.1%
3 100.0% 94.9% 96.2% 91.9% - - 84.9%
4 94.2% 78.4% 73.4% 64.2% 8.9% - 27.4%
5 88.4% 82.8% 98.3% 73.0% - 3.1% 43.6%
6 97.2% 90.0% 70.8% 74.9% - - 41.5%
7 80.7% 85.1% 67.6% 68.4% 0.8% - 13.2%
8 73.1% 94.6% 63.7% 61.4% - - 23.6%
9 90.3% 87.4% 61.7% 57.3% - - 29.6%
10 80.0% 81.4% 69.8% 58.3% - - 30.3%
Total 89.7% 88.8% 79.2% 72.2% 1.3% 0.3% 47.2%

 

 

 

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