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Telecommunications industry in Brazil – statistics & facts

The development of the telecommunications business in Brazil is a story of two tales. This industry’s revenue is estimated at over 45.3 billion U.S. dollars, and its investments in the South American country reached an all-time high in 2019, with 33 billion dollars. The increasing figures reveal the milestones this sector attained altogether, but the expansion is not homogenous. There is a growing gap between titans within this field. A look at the monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) of telecommunications services in Brazil is useful to unfold the contrasting trends. Between the third quarters of 2019 and 2020, the ARPU of almost all segments increased by at least four percent. The exception was fixed telephony, with a decline of 5.6 percent. Thus, two different stories emerge.

Internet services: an ongoing trend

Brazilians are still craving to go and to stay online. In 2019, there were approximately 15.4 fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in the Portuguese-speaking country – an increase of over 30 percent compared to the less than 12 fixed connections per 100 people recorded five years before. Likewise, mobile internet is more relevant than ever since 99 percent of internet users access the web with their phones. Furthermore, Brazil is expected to lead the 5G era in Latin America. According to a forecast released at the end of 2020, this country will account for almost one out of five 5G mobile connections in the region by 2025.

The twilight of fixed telephony?

This segment saw a slow but steady decline throughout the 2010s. As of May 2020, there were 31.7 million landlines in service, the smallest number since 2000. Similarly, the gross revenue generated by fixed telephony services amounted to less than 24 billion Brazilians reals in 2019 – 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 2019, there were 202,820 payphones in Brazil, over 75 percent less than a year earlier. In a country where nearly one third of the population still had no access to the internet in 2021, time will tell if it was too soon to start discarding fixed telephony altogether.

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Telecommunications industry in Brazil – statistics & facts

The development of the telecommunications business in Brazil is a story of two tales. This industry’s revenue is estimated at over 45.3 billion U.S. dollars, and its investments in the South American country reached an all-time high in 2019, with 33 billion dollars. The increasing figures reveal the milestones this sector attained altogether, but the expansion is not homogenous. There is a growing gap between titans within this field. A look at the monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) of telecommunications services in Brazil is useful to unfold the contrasting trends. Between the third quarters of 2019 and 2020, the ARPU of almost all segments increased by at least four percent. The exception was fixed telephony, with a decline of 5.6 percent. Thus, two different stories emerge.

Internet services: an ongoing trend

Brazilians are still craving to go and to stay online. In 2019, there were approximately 15.4 fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in the Portuguese-speaking country – an increase of over 30 percent compared to the less than 12 fixed connections per 100 people recorded five years before. Likewise, mobile internet is more relevant than ever since 99 percent of internet users access the web with their phones. Furthermore, Brazil is expected to lead the 5G era in Latin America. According to a forecast released at the end of 2020, this country will account for almost one out of five 5G mobile connections in the region by 2025.

The twilight of fixed telephony?

This segment saw a slow but steady decline throughout the 2010s. As of May 2020, there were 31.7 million landlines in service, the smallest number since 2000. Similarly, the gross revenue generated by fixed telephony services amounted to less than 24 billion Brazilians reals in 2019 – 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 2019, there were 202,820 payphones in Brazil, over 75 percent less than a year earlier. In a country where nearly one third of the population still had no access to the internet in 2021, time will tell if it was too soon to start discarding fixed telephony altogether.

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