11/04/2014

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 (Sep/14): 278.1 millions (preliminary data)

 

278.1 million mobile accesses in Aug/14

According to Anatel's preliminary data, Brazil ended Sep/14 counting 278.1 million mobile accesses and 136.9 cell./100 inhab.

 

Sep/14 showed net adds of 661 million mobile accesses. The number is bigger than the one registered in Sep/13 (173 thousands).

 

Prepaid registered net adds of 160 thousand mobile accesses and postpaid registered addition of 501 thousand subscriptions.

 

Prepaid participation dropped to 76.61%.

 

 

 

 

Prepaid Mobile Accesses in Sep/14 (preliminary data)

 

 
Sep/13
Dec/13
Jul/14
Aug/14
Sep/14
Mobile Accesses 268,266,822 271,099,799 276,153,111 277,408,559 278,069,157
Prepaid 78.78% 78.05% 76.85% 76.73% 76.61%
Density 133.24 134.36 136.2 136.7 136.9
Month Growth -173,601 580,924 446,198 1,255,448 660,598
-0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.5% 0.2%
Annual Growth 6,458,919 9,291,896 5,053,312 6,308,760 6,969,358
2.5% 3.5% 1.9% 2.3% 2.6%
Growth in 1 year 9,405,585 9,291,896 9,153,927 8,968,136 9,802,335
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 3.7%

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

 

 

Prepaid Cellulars in Sep/14

 

 
Sep/13
Dec/13
Jul/14
Aug/14
Sep/14
Prepaid Accesses 211,339,326 211,582,767 212,227,238 212,856,367 213,015,910
Month Growth -886,737 -427,122 -43,410 629,129 159,543
-0.4% -0.2% 0.0% 0.3% 0.1%
Year Growth 461,471 704,912 644,471 1,273,600 1,433,143
0.22% 0.33% 0.30% 0.60% 0.68%
Growth in 1 year 1,173,305 704,912 682,982 630,304 1,676,584
0.6% 0.3% 0.3% 0.3% 0.8%

 

 

Postpaid Cellulars in Sep/14 (preliminary data)

 

 
Sep/13
Dec/13
Jul/14
Aug/14
Sep/14
Postpaid Accesses 56,927,496 59,517,032 63,925,873 64,552,192 65,053,247
Month Growth 713,136 1,008,046 489,608 626,319 501,055
1.3% 1.7% 0.8% 1.0% 0.8%
Year Growth 5,997,448 8,586,984 4,408,841 5,035,160 5,536,215
11.8% 16.9% 7.4% 8.5% 9.3%
Growth in 1 year 8,232,280 8,586,984 8,470,945 8,337,832 8,125,751
16.9% 16.9% 15.3% 14.8% 14.3%

 

 

 

Quarterly

 

  1Q13 2Q13 3Q13 4Q13 1Q14 2Q14
3Q14
Cellulars
264,053 265,741 268,267 271,100 273,583
275,707
276,153
Prepaid
80.05% 79.43% 78.78% 78.05% 77.57%
7.99%
76.85%
Density
133.67 134.35 135.28 136.45 135.30
136.06
136.18
Addtions
2,245 1,689 2,526 2,833 2,484
2,123
446
Note: active mobile accesses. Density calculated based on IBGE's population projection for the respective month.

 

 

Mobile Accesses per Technology

 

Techn.
December
2013
August 2014
Number of Cellulars
Month Growth
Year Growth
GSM* 159,674,015 129,352,118 46.63% (3.5%) (19.0%)
3G (WCDMA)* 94,763,509 128,025,383 46.15% 4.5%  35.1% 
LTE 1,309,771 4,166,755 1.50% 13.3%  218.1% 
CDMA* 21,637 12,240 - (6.8%) (42.5%)
Total Terminais de Dados 15,330,867 15,851,863 5.71% - 3.4% 
- Broadband Data Term. 7,034,289 6,623,126 3.33% (0.4%) (5.8%)
- M2M Data Term. 8,296,578 9,228,737 2.39% 0.2%  11.2% 
Special M2M - 1,169,425 - - -
Standard M2M - 8,059,312 - - -
Total 271,099,799 277,408,559 100.0% 0.5% 2.3%

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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