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4G in Brazil: Too much too soon?

  • December 2014
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  • 26 pages

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Introduction

The Brazilian mobile telecom market has long been thought of as a major growth opportunity, and the market is dominated by multinational telcos looking to leverage its potential. However, the outcome of a September 2014 spectrum auction, the second of its kind for 4G LTE allocation, was disappointing for the Brazilian government and one major market player, Oi S.A. (Oi), did not even participate.

Features and benefits

* Outlines the history of 4G mobile services in Brazil.
* Assesses the process and results of the disappointing 700 MHz spectrum auction in Brazil.
* Analyzes competitive aspects of the Brazilian telecoms industry.
* Examines Oi's position in the industry and explores the factors behind its decision to opt out of the 700 MHz auction.

Highlights

The way for telcos to offer 4G services in Brazil was paved in July 2012, when the country's telecoms regulator, Anatel, held a successful auction for the 2.5 GHz spectrum band – a frequency intended for the transmission of 4G LTE signal. The four major mobile network operators (MNOs) all made successful bids during the auction.
Although 4G subscribers are growing in Brazil, significant opportunity remains in the 3G segment, which is still growing strongly and is set to become the dominant technology in the Brazilian telecom market, lessening the importance of 4G in the near term.
Oi's official reasons for not participating in the 700 MHz auction include its intention to continue to invest in its existing mobile and fixed line infrastructure to improve coverage and customer satisfaction, as well as concentrate on its role as a leading multi-play telecom company.

Your key questions answered

* How has the Brazilian 4G market and infrastructure developed since licenses were first granted in 2012?
* Why did the September 2014 700 MHz spectrum auction fall short of expectations?
* In which sectors do the leading Brazilian telcos hold the strongest competitive position?
* How might a trend towards consolidation in the industry have influenced Oi's decision to not take part in the 700 MHz spectrum auction?

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