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Telecommunications Report Brazil 1st Quarter

  • ID: 4495146
  • Report
  • March 2019
  • Region: Brazil
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Brazil is part of an international group of countries setting up the global fifth-generation (5G) architecture, but delays in auctioning Brazil's 5G licences (expected by the final quarter of 2019) risk setting the country behind in adopting new-age technologies. In late 2017 the government of Michel Temer (2016-18) launched an "internet of things" (IoT) plan to support the development of connected devices, with credit lines through various government channels. There are over 17m connected devices in Brazil and the market is set for rapid growth.

Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing politician, took office as president on January 1st 2019. His economy minister, Paulo Guedes, espouses free-market policies that bode well for the telecommunications market. However, building and sustaining majorities for law-making in a fragmented, centre-leaning Congress will prove challenging. Fiscal pressures will curb the availability of tax incentives for the telecoms industry. A priority of the Bolsonaro government is to get a 2016 telecoms law proposal approved by the new Senate. Following this it is expected to focus on 5G, IoT and telecoms infrastructure building.

Brazil's economy has been recovering gradually after a deep recession in 2014-16. The national accounts show that the information and communications subsector was slow to enter the recession and has also been slow to recover. Information services GDP grew by 0.3% year on year in 2018 (below the 1.1% overall rate). Amid recession and a weaker currency, annual mobile-telephone revenue is estimated to have fallen from US$35.8bn in 2011 to US$21.1bn in 2018.

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