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Brazil Telecommunications Report Q1 2014 - New Market Study Published

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2014-01-03 18:04:59 - Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Brazil Telecommunications Report Q1 2014", is now available at Fast Market Research

The launch of the first 4G LTE services in Brazil in H113 was an important development as the market moves towards next generation services. Alongside LTE, operators are also developing value-added services such as M2M and m-commerce as the market matures beyond a prepaid centric environment of subscription acquisition maximisation. Brazil has a high mobile penetration rate, but with MVNOs set to enter the market in 2013 we expect growth to continue over the medium term. However, it will be at a slower pace compared with 2011 and 2012, as operators push into the last remaining untapped rural areas. In the broadband market, Anatel has been active in trying to enhance competition, reducing licence fees for operators wishing to provide

multiple services. However, data from Telebras suggest the government's National Broadband Plan has been less than successful so far.

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Key Data

* Mobile subscription growth slowed markedly in 2013, in part because of restrictions on selling new subscriptions early in the year, but also due to saturation as the penetration rate reached 133.9% at the end of September 2013.
* Strong broadband subscription growth continued, with total wireline subscriptions reaching 20.882mn at the end of September 2013, up from 18.591mn a year earlier.

Key Trends And Developments

There were several developments in H213 related to ownership and corporate structure of key operators in Brazil - Oi and TIM. In October 2013 Portugal Telecom announced its plan to merge with Oi to form a new company, CorpCo. Portugal Telecom outlined potential cost savings of BRL5.5bn from the merger -although BMI believes this may be over ambitious as both companies are facing highly competitive markets and slowing subscriber growth. Nonetheless, the government of Brazil stated in October 2013 it was relieved by the merger as it had been concerned over Oi's future as the operator had insufficient financing capacity in the medium term. The government expects Oi, which is considered to be oversized, to downsize. This will result in dividend reduction and more transparency in its decisions.

There has also been news around the ownership of TIM. In October 2013 it was reported that parent company Telecom Italia was considering selling its 67% stake to try reduce debt worth US$39bn. However, this pressure was alleviated slightly with Telefonica's increase in its indirect stake in Telecom Italia. There is downside for the Brazilian mobile market as the deal causes regulatory concerns due to Telefonica's ownership of mobile rival Vivo. The CEO of TIM believes the regulatory concerns can be resolved by extending an existing agreement for Telefonica's representatives on the Telecom Italia board to refrain from voting on decisions related to Brazil. Both the companies signed the agreement in 2007 when Telefonica made its first investment in the holding company that controls Telecom Italia.

Partial Table of Contents:

BMI Industry View
- BMI View
- Mobile SWOT
- Wireline SWOT
- Political
- Economic
- Business Environment
Industry Forecast
- Mobile
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Table: Telecoms Sector - ARPU - Historical Data & Forecasts (BRL)
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data And Forecasts
- Broadband
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecasts
Risk Reward Ratings
- Industry Risk Reward Ratings
- Table: Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings, Q114
Market Overview
- Mobile
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Mobile Market KPIs, 2012
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Market Share
- Table: Brazil Mobile Market, Q313
- Table: Mobile Penetration By State/Region 2012
- Table: Prepaid Share Of Market By Region 2012
- Usage
- Networks
- Table: Brazil 3G Subscriptions By Technology ('000)
- Table: Vendors Selected For 4G Roll-Outs
- Mobile Content
- Table: Brazil Mobile Taxes
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Brazil Mobile Market Overview
- Table: Vivo
- Table: TIM Brasil
- Table: Claro
- Table: Oi
- Latin America Mobile Content
- Table: Selected Digital Music Services In Latin America, 2012
- Fixed Line
- Table: Pay-TV Market Subscriptions ('000), 2011-2013
- Broadband
- Table: Brazilian Fixed Broadband Market, Q313 (latest data available)
- Plano Nacional De Banda Larga
- Broadband Technologies
- Table: No. Of Fixed Broadband Connections By Technology ('000), 2006-2011 (latest data available)
- Alternative Technologies
- Table: Selected Wireline Developments
Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Industry Trends And Developments
Regulatory Development
- Table: Brazil's Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Regulatory Developments
- Table: Selected Regulatory Developments
Competitive Landscape
- Table: Key Players Fixed-Line Sector
- Table: Key Players Mobile Sector
- Table: Key Players Media Sector
- Table: Brazil's Key Operators Financial Indicators (US$mn)
Company Profile
- Oi (Telemar)
- Vivo (Telefonica)
- TIM Brasil
- Claro (America Movil)

Full Table of Contents is available at:

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