Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has revealed that the country was home to 271.1 million cellular subscribers at the end of 2013, up 3.6% on a year earlier to take the mobile penetration rate to 136.5%. Pre-paid accounts made up 78% of the total, the watchdog said. In terms of technology, GSM subscriptions accounted for 58.9% of the overall total, while there were 94.8 million W-CDMA 3G lines (35.0% of the total) and 1.3 million 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) connections. Telefonica subsidiary Vivo retained its number one spot in the market in 2013, ending the year with 77.2 million subscribers and a 28.5% market share, though Telecom Italia’s local unit TIM Brasil was not far behind with 73.4 million users (27.1%). America Movil’s Claro took third place with 68.7 million customers (25.3%) and Portugal Telecom’s Oi was in fourth with 50.2 million subscribers and an 18.5% share of the market.
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