Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brazil closes first quarter with 38.5 million broadband connection

4/20/2011 Digital Convergence - Telecom - Brazil/191-04-1-2011-10:35
Section: Telecom

Brazil closes first quarter with 38.5 million broadband connections

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The broadband access providers of fixed and mobile telecommunications services in Brazil reached 38.5 million in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 51.5% compared to the amount at the end of March 2010, according to survey by the Brazilian Association of Telecommunications (Telebrasil). With this figure, Brazil, according to international consultants, sits in eighth position in the global mobile broadband and in ninth place among the countries with the largest number of access lines.

In the fixed broadband access reached 14 million at the end of the quarter, an increase of 20.5% compared to March 2010. Since the mobile broadband connections - which include those offered through modems connecting to the Internet terminals and third generation (3G), such as smartphones - had an increase of 77.7%, jumping from 13.7 million to 24 4 million in the same period.

According to data consolidated by Informa 4G Americas and the organization at the end of 2010 Brazil, where they are connected 25 new broadband connections every minute, has been ranked as the Latin American country with the largest growth in mobile broadband and leading with 59% ranking access to this service in the region, followed by Argentina with 10%, Mexico, Colombia and 6%, 5%. This progress is even more evident when one notes that Brazil has 36% of the total base of mobile phones in Latin America.

The survey also shows that the Telebrasil the fixed broadband access (Multimedia Communication Services) in Brazil with speeds below 1Mbps are in decline. The faster connections over 2Mbps, already represent 20% of access and it is this age that saw the largest growth rate. Several providers are making investments for the introduction of ultravelocidades (high-speed?), with the implementation of projects for FTTH (Fiber to the Home).

The survey calculates that more than eight out of 10 connections in Brazil are in residence. One consequence of this expansion, according to the survey Telebrasil, is that 79% of households already have computers surfing the internet at high speed. The figures include fixed broadband connections and those offered through modems to access the mobile Internet.

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