Sao Paulo, Brazil, 28 Dec – Brazil may end 2006 with more than 100 million active mobile phones in the market, according to a statement from the country’s telecommunications regulator, Anatel.
In the first 11 months of 2006, the mobile telephone networks added 11.1 million mobile phones to the 86.2 million phones registered in December 2005, a growth rate of 12.9 percent.
The market share of Brazil’s largest mobile phone company, Vivo, owned by Portugal Telecom and Spain’s Telefonica, continued to fall, and in November stood at 29.48 percent. The company had a 29.79 percent share in October and 34.54 percent of the market in December 2005.
TIM remained in second place, although it gained market share, with 25.4 percent (in October it had 25.23 percent and in December of last year its market share stood at 23.42 percent).
Since December 2005, the difference in market share between the two largest Brazilian mobile phone companies has fallen from 11.12 to 4.08 percentage points, according to Anatel. (macauhub)