In today’s world, where communication is essential – be it through mobile devices or fixed-line telephones - the telecommunication industry plays an important role. The development of the telecommunications market in Brazil is a story of two tales. Overall, the telecommunications services revenue in Brazil was estimated at over 46 million Brazilian reals (roughly nine million U.S. dollars) in 2022, and its investments in the South American country amounted to 26.5 billion Brazilian reals (around five billion dollars) in 2022. On the one hand, the fixed-telephony market has been decreasing, with around 27 million landlines in service in 2022. On the other hand, the mobile telephony industry keeps increasing, with around 252 mobile phone lines recorded in the same year.
The fixed telephony industry saw a slow but steady decline throughout the 2010s. As of 2021, there were around 13.5 million fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, the smallest number since 2000. Similarly, the gross revenue generated by fixed telephony services amounted to around 17 billion Brazilians reals in 2021 (over three billion U.S. dollars) – the lowest result in the 21st century. This downturn may reflect the change of the times, as mobile telephony and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) grow in use and quality. However, political choices, too, play a role in this market. In a country where just under 25 percent of the population still had no access to the internet in 2022, time will tell if it was too soon to start discarding fixed telephony altogether.
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