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Brazil fixed broadband imbroglio: América Móvil goes up, Telefónica goes down

Brazil fixed broadband imbroglio: América Móvil goes up, Telefónica goes down

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on October 08, 2014

Brazilian operators Claro, NET and Embratel – of the América Móvil group – had 7.21mn fixed broadband subscribers in August, or 30.7% of the market.

The group added nearly 90,000 new customers in the period, according to telecom regulator Anatel, and led growth in what was a slow month for the industry.

Oi followed with 6.53mn subscribers, virtually flat month-on-month, for a 27.8% share.

Telefônica/Vivo had 4.34mn subscribers, down from 4.37mn subscribers in July, for an 18.5% share. GVT, recently acquired by Telefónica, had 2.82mn subscribers after 40,000 net additions, for a 12% share.

Combined, Telefônica/Vivo and GVT subscribers totaled 7.16mn, around 100,000 fewer than leader América Móvil. In July, Telefônica/Vivo and GVT had 300,000 subscribers more than América Móvil.

At the end of August there were 23.4mn fixed broadband subscribers overall in Brazil, little changed from the previous month.

According to Anatel, the service was present in 35.8% of the country's hoseholds.

Accesses via digital subscriber line (DSL) technologies were 13.3mn, representing 56.9% of the market.

Cable modem accesses came next, accounting for 30.9% of the total, or 7.25mn, after additions of some 92,000 in the period.

Terrestrial radio-based technology Spread Spectrum represented 4.8% of the total, or 1.13mn accesses.

Growth in fiber optics accesses decelerated, increasing around 24,000 in the month to 849,198, for a 3.6% market share.

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