According to data from telecoms regulator Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (Anatel), the country was home to a total of 3.27 million fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile connections at 30 June 2014, up from 2.08 million three months earlier, and now account for 1.19% of all mobile lines in the country. At the same date, LTE coverage had been expanded to a total of 118 municipalities across Brazil, up from the 99 cities and towns (where around 36% of Brazilians reside) as at 31 March this year.
In terms of the mobile market overall, Anatel reported a total of 275.71 million connections at end-June, up from 273.58 million three months earlier, boosting cellular penetration to 136.1% at the same date. The overwhelming majority of lines, 212.27 million (76.99%) are pre-paid, with monthly contract users accounting for 63.44 million accounts (23.01%); mobile broadband users reached 128.49 million it said. Mobile market leader Telefonica (Vivo) increased its slice of the pie in the three months to June, from 28.68% to 28.78% (79.36 million users), while second-placed TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) saw its market share fall 27.02% to 26.91% (74.20 million). Similarly, number three player – America Movil (AM)-owned Claro (Brasil) continues to lose ground, reporting a drop in market share to 24.95% at end-June (68.78 million) from 25.13% in 1Q14. Finally, fourth-placed Oi SA closed out the period with an 18.53% (51.08 million) share of the pie, up from 18.47%, Algar Telecom had 0.40% with 1.10 million customers and Nextel Brasil had 0.37% (1.02 million).