Brazil economy: Broadband connections increase 37% year on year in May

Event

According to the Associação Brasileira de Telecomunicações (Telebrasil, the Brazilian Telecommunications Association) the number of broadband connections reached 103m in May, an increase of 37% compared with May 2012.

Analysis

Most of the growth came through mobile broadband connections, up 45% year on year in May to 81.7m. Of the total, 67m connections are accounted for by 3G phones, including smartphones, while 14.7m are data terminals, including modems and M2M chips.

The increases have been partly facilitated by a 13% expansion of the network for mobile broadband, with another 451 municipalities gaining mobile broadband coverage in the last 12 months. 3G networks are now installed in 3,409 municipalities, home to 89% of Brazilians. 4G technology, with Internet speeds up to ten times faster than 3G, was rolled out on April 30th and there are already 80,000 connections.

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