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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 Accesses (Dec/15): 257.8 million

 

257.8 million prepaid mobile accesses in Brazil in Dec/15

Anatel's data indicates that Brazil had 257.8 million mobile accesses in December and density of 125.66 cell./100 inhabitants.

 

In Dec/2015, the country had negative net adds of -11.8 million mobile accesses.

 

Prepaid presented negative net adds of -12.1 million and postpaid of 275 thousand mobile accesses.

 

Prepaid participation dropped to 71.58%.

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Accesses in Nov/15

 

  Dec/14 Nov/15 Dec/15
Mobile Accesses 280,731,936 269,591,635 257,794,644
Prepaid 75.85% 72.93% 71.58%
Density 138.0 131.50 125.66
Month Growth 258,480 -4,204,886 -11,796,991
0.1% -1.54% -4.38%
Annual Growth 9,632,137 -11,137,161 -22,934,152
3.6% -4.0% -8.2%
Growth in 1 year 9,632,137 -10,880,249 -22,934,152
3.6% -3.9% -8.2%

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

 

 

Prepaid Cellulars in Dec/15

 

  Dec/14 Nov/15 Dec/15
Prepaid Accesses 212,930,291 196,612,514 184,540,932
Month Growth -588,849 -4,731,480 -12,071,582
-0.3% -2.3% -6.1%
Year Growth 1,347,524 -16,317,777 -28,389,359
0.64% -7.7% -13.3%
Growth in 1 year 1,347,524 -16,906,626 -28,389,359
0.6% -7.9% -13.3%

 

 

Postpaid Cellulars in Dec/15

 

  Dec/14 Nov/15 Dec/15
Postpaid Accesses 67,801,645 72,979,121 73,253,712
Month Growth 847,329 526,594 274,591
1.3% 0.7% 0.4%
Year Growth 8,284,613 5,180,616 5,455,207
13.9% 7.6% 8.0%
Growth in 1 year 8,284,613 6,026,377 5,455,207
13.9% 9.0% 8.0%

 

 

 

Quarterly

 

  1Q14 2Q14 3Q14 4Q14 1Q15 2Q15 3Q15 4Q15
Cellulars
273,583 275,707 278,482 280,732 283,400 282,455 275,890 273,797
Prepaid
77.57% 76.99% 76.49% 75.85% 75.48% 74.85% 73.78% 73.54%
Density
135.30 136.06 137.14 137.96 138.98 138.23 134.75 133.64
Addtions
2,484 2,123 2,775 2,250 2,668 -946 -6,565 -2,093
Note: active mobile accesses. Density calculated based on IBGE's population projection for the respective month.

 

 

Mobile Accesses per Technology

 

Techn.
December
2014
December/2015
Number of Cellulars
Month Growth
Year Growth
GSM* 112,852,294 65,991,016 25.60% (9.9%) (58.7%)
3G (WCDMA)* 144,697,936 149,118,547 57.84% (4.7%) 57.4%
LTE 6,764,895 25,446,700 9.87% 12.7% 1,842.8%
CDMA* 8,851 2,477 - (15.2%) (88.6%)
Total Terminais de Dados 16,404,820 17,235,904 6.69% (0.6%) 145.0%
- Broadband Data Term. 6,433,863 5,916,569 2.30% (2.0%) (15.9%)
- M2M Data Term. 9,970,957 11,319,335 - - -
Special M2M 1,296,979 3,924,778 1.52% 4.8% -
Standard M2M 8,673,978 7,394,557 2.87% (14.6%) -
Total 280,728,796 269,591,635 100.0% (4.4%) (1.9%)

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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