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Telecommunications Report Brazil 4th Quarter

  • ID: 4439081
  • Report
  • December 2019
  • Region: Brazil
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The Bolsonaro administration espouses free-market policies that bode well for the telecommunications market. Fiscal pressures will curb the availability of tax incentives for the telecoms industry. Following the passage of a telecoms law-which was a priority of the Bolsonaro government-the administration will focus on developing fifth-generation (5G) cellular network technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) and telecoms infrastructure-building. Brazil is part of a group of countries working to set up the global 5G architecture.

A reform to Brazil's antiquated General Telecoms Law passed in both houses of Congress in October 2019, having been promulgated by the president, Jair Bolsonaro in November. The law ("PLC 79") authorises the migration of fixed telephony concessions for authorisations assigned by the national telecoms regulator, Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel). It also aims to reduce the burden on fixed-line operators to provide universal fixed-line services, as well as other outdated services, such as free public call boxes and landlines. This will boost profitability and open up investments of around US$10bn, according to government estimates. The passage of the bill mitigates uncertainty around concessions, which will speed up investments. The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Anatel to implement the law over the next 12-18 months, with the sale of assets beginning in early 2020.

After a sharp contraction in 2005-18, mobile-phone subscriptions will stabilise in 2019 and recover in 2020-24, with growth rates averaging 3.4% annually. Growth will be led by post-paid subscriptions and the launch of 5G. Fixed-line connections will continue to fall by an annual average of 2.6% in 2020-24. Internet penetration (users per 100 people) is forecast to reach 74.4% by 2024.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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