Around 62.7 percent of mobile phones (130 million) run on 4G, in Brazil, almost double the number of 3G devices (52 million) and 2G ones (25 million), according to the Teleco consultancy. TIM has the most, with 65 percent of devices on its network using LTE, followed by Vivo (63%), Claro (61%) and Oi (60%). The number of 4G handsets should continue growing in 2019, but net additions should be lower than the 27 million of 2018, while the number of 3G and 2G handsets should continue to decrease.
Postpaid connections represented 43.5 percent of the country’s mobile phone base at the end of 2018, with 55.2 percent of those of with Vivo, 41.7 percent with Claro, 36.2 percent with TIM and 27.8 percent with Oi. The segment should continue growing in 2019, driven by the rise of M2M terminals and migration from prepaid to control plans.
Brazil added 4.6 million M2M handsets, ending the year with 19.8 million. This growth should accelerate in 2019 driven by NB-IoT and CAT-M networks. The number of prepaid lines dropped by 19 million to 129.6 million.
Brazil’s mobile base has been shrinking since 2014, having lost 51 million mobile phones in the last four years. Last year, it lost 7.3 million mobile phones, but Teleco believes the base may grow again from 2020.
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