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Brazil | Broadband Access Up 40% in 2012-13


Source: O Cafezinho

Brasília – In July, Brazil surpassed the mark of 110 million broadband connections. In comparison with July 2012, broadband access grew 29%. Of the 31 million new broadband connections installed in the last 12 months, 24 million were regsitered in the first 7 months of 2013, a figure equivalent to 1.3 new connections per second, according to a study released today by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil).

Telebrasil is an institute linked to the trade association and industry lobbying group SindiTelebrasil — the Brazilian National Syndicate of Telephony Companies and Cellular and Personal Mobile Communications.

Of  the 21.4 million accesses via fixed line broadband, 2.4 milhões were activated in the last 12 months., implying growth of 12.4 percent in the period. Based on this number, Telebrasil concluded that 39% of urban Brazilian homes have high-speed Internet

In a note, the organization said that Brazil was the fastest growing fixed line broadband  market in Latin America in 2012 and that currently it ranks among the ten largest broadband installed bases in the world.

Mobile broadband registered 88.7 million accesses in July, representing growth of 47,6% compared with July 2012. 73.8 million use cellular devices such as smart phones, and 14.9 million connect through data terminals such as modems and machine-to-machine chips.

In the last 12 months, 374 municipalities installed mobile broadband coverage, bringing the number of townships with 3G connectivity to 3,414, where, according to the study, 89% of Brazilians live. Rolled out in April, fourth generation wireless (4G) has been accessed by 250,000 in 32 cities.

By comparison with other markets, the study said, 3G is relatively cheap. The study goes on to report that

Fixed line broadband is now present in every township in the country. The concessionaires use these networks to provide free broadband access to 66 ,000 elementary and middle schools through the Banda Larga nas Escolas — broadband in the schools — program.

According to Computerworld Brasil, Broadband in the Schools — a public-private partnership — had reached 63,000 schools as of October 2012.