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Brazil Wireless: Lasting Boom

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Brazil's wireless market is booming and will grow even more thanks to upcoming 3G licenses.

BY THIERRY OGIER

SAO PAULO — Rosangela Manchon, a press officer in São Paulo, says she owns two lines and six different handsets, of various designs and colors. According to what she does and where she goes during the day, she picks a specific model.

She is not alone. In large urban centers in Brazil, young professionals often use more than one cellular telephone (typically one for work and another one for personal use). In Brasilia, the political capital in the federal district, records by telecommunications regulatory agency Anatel show that there are more lines in operation than the number of inhabitants (the teledensity, number of mobile phones per 100 inhabitants, reached 117.7 last year). The national teledensity averaged 63.6 last year, up from 53.2 in 2006.

Brazils dynamic wireless telecommunications market has celebrated two milestones within a year in Brazil: the number of cellular telephones in operations broke the 100 million barrier at the beginning of 2007; and before...



Keywords: America Movil, Anatel, Telefonica, TIM, Vivo, Oi,

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