05/27/2015

Mobile Subscribers in Brazil

 

In this page: Cellular statistics in Brazil, prepaid (%), cellulars per technology (GSM, CDMA, TDMA, AMPS) and per band. Source: Anatel.


Mobile Acesses in Brazil

 

Total of Mobile Subscribers (Apr/15): 283.5 million

 

283.5 million mobile accesses in Apr/15

According to Anatel's, Brazil ended Apr/2015 counting 283.5 million mobile accesses and 138.94 cell./100 inhab.

 

Apr/15 presented net adds of 118 thousand mobile accesses.

 

Prepaid registered negative net adds of 459 thousand mobile accesses and postpaid showed addition of 577 thousand subscriptions.

 

Prepaid participation dropped to 75.29%.

 

 

 

 

 

Prepaid Mobile Accesses in Apr/15

 

  Apr/14 Dec/14 Mar/15 Apr/15
Mobile Accesses 273,598,967 280,731,936 282,557,611 283,518,379
Prepaid 77.35% 75.85% 75.66% 75.29%
Density 135.21 138.0 138.7 138.9
Month Growth 15,491 258,480 842,556 118,212
0.01% 0.1% 0.3% 0.04%
Annual Growth 2,499,168 9,632,137 2,668,231 2,786,443
0.9% 3.6% 1.0% 1.0%
Growth in 1 year 9,047,364 9,632,137 9,816,691 9,919,412
3.4% 3.6% 3.6% 3.6%

Note: Active mobilare accesses. Density calculated with the IBGE's population projection (Rev. 2013) for the respective month.

 

 

Prepaid Cellulars in Apr/15

 

  Apr/14 Dec/14 Mar/15 Apr/15
Prepaid Accesses 211,630,231 212,930,291 213,916,451 213,457,787
Month Growth -578,349 -588,849 124,115 -458,664
-0.3% -0.3% 0.1% -0.2%
Year Growth 47,464 1,347,524 986,160 527,496
0.02% 0.64% 0.5% 0.2%
Growth in 1 year 412,445 1,347,524 1,707,871 1,827,556
0.2% 0.6% 0.8% 0.9%

 

 

Postpaid Cellulars in Apr/15

 

  Apr/14 Dec/14 Mar/15 Apr/15
Postpaid Accesses 61,968,736 67,801,645 69,483,716 70,060,592
Month Growth 593,840 847,329 718,441 576,876
1.0% 1.3% 1.0% 0.8%
Year Growth 2,451,704 8,284,613 1,682,071 2,258,947
4.1% 13.9% 2.5% 3.3%
Growth in 1 year 8,634,919 8,284,613 8,108,820 8,091,856
16.2% 13.9% 13.2% 13.1%

 

 

 

Quarterly

 

  1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 1Q15
Cellulars
273,583 275,707 278,482 280,732 283,400
Prepaid
77.57% 76.99% 76.49% 75.85% 75.48%
Density
135.30 136.06 137.14 137.96 138.98
Addtions
2,484 2,123 2,775 2,250 2,668
Note: active mobile accesses. Density calculated based on IBGE's population projection for the respective month.

 

 

Mobile Accesses per Technology

 

Techn.
December
2014
January 2015
Number of Cellulars
Month Growth
Year Growth
GSM* 112,982,571 108,683,557 38.58% (3.8%) (31.9%)
3G (WCDMA)* 144,668,450 148,836,609 52.83% 2.9%  57.1% 
LTE 6,765,646 7,752,310 2.75% 14.6%  491.9% 
CDMA* 8,851 8,271 - (6.6%) (61.8%)
Total Terminais de Dados 16,306,418 16,424,763 5.83% 0.7%  7.1% 
- Broadband Data Term. 6,433,455 6,339,137 2.25% (1.5%) (9.9%)
- M2M Data Term. 9,872,936 10,085,626 - - -
Special M2M 1,287,266 1,419,863 0.50% 10.3%  -
Standard M2M 8,585,697 8,665,763 3.08% 0.9%  4.4% 
Total 280,731,936 281,705,510 100.0% 0.3% 3.9%

Source: Anatel

 

In August 2014, Anatel started to classify M2M terminals into two accesses categories:

 

Special M2M and Standard M2M
  • Special M2M are devices used in machine to machine communication systems which, without human intervention, use telecommunication networks in order to transmit data to remote applications aiming to monitore, measure and control the device itself, the environment around or data systems connected to it through these networks, according to what was stablished by the Decree 8.234/2014;
  • Standard M2M are devices machine to machine in operation that don't match the definition of Special M2M.

Special M2M terminals pay reduced Fistel tax. Standard M2M terminals pay the regular value.

 

 

GSM participation in the total of accesses reached the maximum of 90.16% in Nov/09 and, after that, it started fo fall. The drop in the participation happens because the number of GSM cell phones is increasing less then the number of WCDMA. WCDMA overtook CDMA in Feb/10.

 

 

Mobile Accesses per Band

 

Band
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
A 58,930 68,075 79,462
84,753
87,836
B 48,837 57,448 67,949
73,483
76,544
D 40,107 44,487 54,445
59,198
61,224
E* 19,312 23,012 27,596
30,430
31,300
Other Bands 6,771 9,922 12,779
13,912
14,196
Total 173,958 202,945 242,231 261,776 271,100

* Band E includes band M.

 

 

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