Number of mobile phone users in Brazil rises 15.5 percent in 2009

20 January 2010

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 Jan – The number of mobile phone users in Brazil totalled 173.96 million in 2009, the second biggest ever figure, representing a rise of 15.5 percent year on year, the Brazilian sector regulator said Tuesday.

In December, 4.21 million new users were registered, a rise of 2.48 percent against November, noted the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) in a statement.

In total, 23.3 million new users were registered in 2009, the sectors second best ever result, with only 2008 having a better result, of 29.7 million, when Brazil recorded 150.64 million users.

With the 2009 result, 90.55 in every 100 Brazilians already has a mobile phone, Anatel said.

Vivo, the operator that is owned in equal shares by Portugal Telecom (PT) and Spain’s Telefónica, remained the market leader with 51.74 million users, or 29.75 percent of the total.

It was followed by Mexico’s Claro (25.52 percent), Italy’s TIM (23.63 percent), Brazil’s Oi (20.37 percent) and others (0.37 percent). (macauhub)