Number of cell phones in Brazil passes 100 million mark in January

16 February 2007

Brasilia, Brazil, 16 Feb – The number pf cell phones in Brazil passed the 100-million mark in January, according to figures from the country’s telecommunications regulator, Anatel.

In January, 800,000 cell phones were sold in Brazil, which increased the number of phones in use to 100.7 million.

Mobile telephony has doubled over the last three years, as in December 2003 there were 46.3 million cell phones in use.

Estimates from Brazil’s Institute of Geography and Statistics indicate that the Brazilian population currently totals 188 million people.

According to a report published by Norson, a telecommunications market analysis company, China also sold over 100 million cell phones in 2006.

The figure, of 109 million, is 28 percent higher than in 2005 and represents a tenth of world mobile phone sales.

Norson’s report indicated that new subscribers of mobile services acquired mainly low cost phones, with the percentage of cell phones costing less than 1,000 yuan rising from 29 percent in the first quarter of 2005 to 52 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006. (macauhub)