Highlight: The state of play in Brazil’s telecoms market

Highlight: The state of play in Brazil’s telecoms market

Highlight: The state of play in Brazil’s telecoms market

Brazil’s telecom market ended August with some 338mn accesses, contemplating all providers and applied sciences, for a drop of round 12mn in a single yr. 

In comparison with July, the whole base fell by some 400,000 accesses, in keeping with figures from sector regulator Anatel.

The lower is essentially as a result of legacy applied sciences, equivalent to landlines and pay TV through copper or metallic cables, in addition to by 2G and 3G disconnections. 

Different contributing elements are the acquisition of Oi Cellular, and the condensation of a number of SIM playing cards by customers right into a single one, as roaming and interconnection costs have gone all the way down to virtually zero.

Amongst August’s highlights had been: Claro seeing its lead in 5G over Telefónica diminish, fiber surpassing 73% of mounted broadband accesses, and Starlink advancing with satellite tv for pc web.


Cellular accesses grew to 252.4mn in August from 252mn the month earlier than, with the penetration charge standing 103.7%. Postpaid made up 51% of the whole.

The rise was largely pushed by machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT accesses, adopted by 5G.

After surpassing 5% of cellular accesses in July, 5G’s share elevated to five.8% in August, by including practically 2mn accesses and reaching 14.7mn. 4G registered a drop of 1.6mn, ending the month with 196mn accesses (77.5% of the whole). 

August noticed a continued decline of 2G and 3G, which accounted for 8.5% and eight.2% of accesses, respectively.

Market chief Telefônica Brasil commanded 38.7% of the cellular market, forward of Claro (33.4%), TIM Brasil (24.3%), Algar Telecom (1.8%), and others (1.8%).

Within the 5G phase Claro continued to guide, however noticed its hole over Telefônica slender to 0.7 proportion factors. 

Claro had 39% of the 5G market in August, down from 40% in July, whereas Telefônica had 38.3%, up from 37.7%. TIM adopted with 22.7%, up from 22.3%


Mounted broadband connections ended August at 46.9mn, down from 47.1mn within the month earlier than, as Anatel revised the figures for July.

The figures are all the time up to date by the regulator as new knowledge from small suppliers enter the system. When initially disclosing the July numbers, Anatel reported 46.6mn mounted broadband accesses for the month.

Fiber elevated its penetration charge, accounting for 73.2% of all mounted broadband accesses in August, in comparison with 72.9% the earlier month. 

Coaxial cable adopted with 18.8%, up from 18.7%, with the rest being cut up between metallic cable (3.8%, down from 4%), radio (3.4%, down from 3.6%) and satellite tv for pc (0.9%, up from 0.8%).

Pushed by the brand new LEO providers supplied by the likes of Starlink, satellite-based broadband reached 400,000 accesses. In line with knowledge from Anatel, Hughes led in August with 46.9% of the whole, adopted by Starlink (26.8%) who gained 16,000 clients within the month, whereas Hughes misplaced 3,000.

Within the general mounted broadband market, Claro led with 21.1%, adopted by Telefônica (14.1%) and Oi (10.4%). In fiber, Telefônica was on high with 17.3%, whereas Oi had 12.7%. Each elevated their fiber-broadband market share within the month.

Small web service suppliers (ISPs) and non-nationwide suppliers commanded a mixed 42.8% of fiber broadband in August, down from 43.3%, they usually had 37.3% of complete mounted broadband in comparison with 37.8% the earlier month.

The group excludes larger ISPs and carriers with a market share of greater than 1%, that are: EB Fibra (Alloha, 4.4% of the fiber broadband complete, flat), Brisanet (3.6%, flat), Claro (3.3%, up from 3.2%), Desktop (2.9%, flat), Vero (2.4%, flat), Algar (2.3%, flat), Unifique (2%, flat), TIM (2%, up from 1.9%), Americanet (1.8%, flat), Alares (1.4%, flat), and Brasil TecPar (1.1%, flat).


The pay-TV phase is shedding subscribers in Brazil and it declined to 12.5mn in August from 12.7mn in July.

Whereas satellite tv for pc providers fell to 55.4% of all pay-TV connections from 55.6%, fiber and coaxial cable grew to 10.5% from 10.4%, and to 34.1% from 34%.

Market chief Claro had 44.7% of all subscribers, up from 44.5%, adopted by Sky/AT&T (28.7%, flat), Oi (16%, down from 16.3%), Telefônica (6.9%, up from 6.8%) and others (3.7%, flat).

Mounted telephony traces dropped from 26.4mn in July to 26mn in August, of which 54.3% had been supplied by licensed operators and 45.7% by licensed ones. 

Claro commanded the very best market share with 29.1%, in comparison with 28.9% the month earlier than, adopted by Oi (27.1%, down from 27.2%), Telefônica (25.6%, down from 25.7%), Algar Telecom (4.8%, up from 4.7%) and TIM Brasil (2.7%, up from 2.6%).