Saturday, 17 August 2019

Brazil aims for 1bn mobile connections by 2022

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom, in Paris
Thursday 29 September 11

Regulator notes country will need another €1 billion in telecoms investment in next 10 years.

Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel predicts that mobile connections in the country will more than quadruple over the next 10 years, but warns that heavy investment will be required to support that growth…

Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel predicts that mobile connections in the country will more than quadruple over the next 10 years, but warns that heavy investment will be required to support that growth.

″We expect to reach in Brazil almost 1 billion mobile access,″ in 2022, Nelson Takayanagi, superintendent of the private sector at Anatel, told Broadband World Forum attendees on Thursday.

The country is home to 225 million mobile customers at present, more than 10% of whom are 3G users, he said. The growth in mobile will be driven by new customer connections, as well as a sizeable number of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections.

By the same date, there will be 70 million fixed broadband connections and 40 million cable TV subscriptions, Takayanagi added.

He explained that to date, the private telecoms operators in Brazil, including many of the world's largest telecoms groups, have invested €100 billion in rolling out services.

″We need at least another €100 billion to reach these numbers,″ he said.

Brazil's mobile market is split between four main operators, the local units of Telefonica, Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia and America Movil, while its fixed market also features some big names, including France Telecom and Japan's NTT.

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