Brazil loses 212,000 mobile lines in October

Thursday 7 December 2017 | 17:07 CET | News

There were 240.85 million mobile telephony lines in operation in Brazil in October, down by 212,274 (-0.09%) from the previous month, according to data released by Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel). Over the last 12 months, there was a reduction of 6.60 million lines (-2.67%). Of the total mobile lines, 155.05 million were prepaid (-8.85% year-on-year) and 85.79 million (+10.94%) postpaid. 

Compared to September 2017, Datora, Claro, Vivo and Oi registered growth of less than 1 percent in customers, while the others saw a drop in lines. In the last 12 months, Datora increased by 95,247 mobile lines (+97.26%), Nextel by 100,813 (+4.01%), Porto Seguro by 177,569 lines (+44.93%) and Vivo by 1.13 million (+1.55%), while the other operators showed losses. 

At the end of October, the market leaders were Telefonica/Vivo (30.99% share), followed by Claro Brasil (25.12%), TIM Brasil (24.49%), Oi (17.41%), Nextel (1.09%), Algar/CTBC Telecom (0.55%), Porto Seguro (0.24%), Datora (0.08%), Copel Telecom (0.03%) and others (0.01%). 

In the past year, 4G lines grew by 42.73 million units (+81.23 percent), while M2M added 2.48 million lines (+20.12%).

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