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Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, the sixth most populous, and the seventh country in Internet usage. It is very large and makes up half of South America. Forests cover 65% of its territory and includes the world's largest tropical rain forest in the Amazon River basin. The Amazon River is the world's largest. Brazil is south of the equator and has mostly a tropical climate. Portuguese is the official language.

Brazil is a federal republic consisting of twenty-six states, and one federal district (Brasilia, the capital). Each state is technically autonomous, with a legislative body and an elected governor. Voting is universal and compulsory for ages eighteen to seventy. The presidential term is five years.

Internet Usage Statistics:
139,111,185 Internet users as of Jun/16, 67.5% of the population, according to IWS.

Brazil Facebook Subscribers:
111,000,000 Facebook subscribers on June 30/2016, 53.9% of the population, according to Facebook.
Latest Population Estimate:
206,050,242 population for 2016, according to the IBGE.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita is US$ 11,760 (2015) according to World Bank

Brazil Country Area and Maps:
8,544,418 sq km - see Brazil maps.

Brazilian Statistics and Links:
The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics - IBGE.

Internet Growth and Population Statistics:



Internet Users

% Pen.

GNI p.c.

Usage Source




2.9 %

$ 3,570





14.1 %

$ 3,460

C. I. Almanac




17.2 %

$ 3,460

I. T. U.




22.8 %

$ 4,730

I. T. U.




34.4 %

$ 5,910

I. T. U.




45.6 %

$ 10,720





57.6 %

$ 11,760





67.5 %

$ 11,760


Note: GNI is Gross National Income per capita, and corresponds to
World Bank data in US dollars.

Search Engines and Directories:
Search Engines in Brazil.

Brazilian Internet Usage, Broadband and Telecommunications Market Reports

Brazil - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts
Brazil dominates the Latin American Internet market in terms of user numbers. In terms of penetration, it occupies approximately the third place, behind Uruguay and Chile and slightly ahead of Argentina. Since 2002, Brazil has experienced a growing migration from dial-up to broadband. While virtually all cable TV companies offer cable modem services, ADSL is the access technology of choice, accounting for 84% of the country’s broadband market. Convergence strategies are gaining popularity in Brazil. With the widespread development of VoIP, more and more companies are looking to incorporate Internet telephony with their broadband offerings. In October 2004, TV Cidade and TVA were the first Brazilian operators to adopt the triple play strategy, combining VoIP, broadband and pay TV services.
Report Summary

Brazil - Fixed-Line Market and Infrastructure - Overview & Statistics
Fixed-line telephony in Brazil has a relatively low penetration. Since 2002, it has been stagnant or even decreasing, losing customers to mobile telephony. Many higher income households have started to disconnect narrowband lines in favour of a broadband connection. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are growing ever more popular, accounting for 36% of Brazil’s international calls and causing incumbent operators to lose revenues. The fixed-line market has been privatised and is open to competition. There are four major players (Telesp, Telemar, Brasil Telecom and Embratel) and a large number of smaller operators. This report provides an overview of Brazil’s telecom infrastructure, together with profiles of all major and some minor fixed-line operators, accompanied by relevant statistics.
Report Summary

Brazil - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overview
Since mid-2003, the Brazilian telecom market has enjoyed a period of outstanding growth, led by mobile telephony and broadband. However, while the mobile and broadband continue to boom, local fixed-line telephony stagnates, despite low teledensity. As in most other Latin American countries and despite government efforts, Brazil’s fixed lines are still dominated by the incumbents in their respective regions. New entrants, particularly in the fixed-line sector, still find it hard to establish a footing. Rules for line sharing were published in May 2004, and were welcomed by companies striving to compete with the incumbents. In order to promote competition, further changes are needed in the country’s interconnection policy, local loop unbundling and number portability.
Report Summary

Brazil - Mobile Market - Overview & Statistics
Mobile telecommunications is an area of huge growth in Brazil. The number of mobile subscribers passed the number of fixed-line subscribers in August 2003. GSM has become the preferred network of choice for Brazilians from all economic groups, ages and regions. The number of GSM subscribers overtook CDMA in November 2004 and TDMA in January 2005. In June 2005, Brazilian regulator Anatel announced it may adopt a regulatory framework that would accelerate the introduction of 3G services, beginning as early as 2006. Accompanied by key market statistics, this report provides an overview of major developments in the market following the intensifying of competition, spectrum auctions and the growth of mobile data technology, including GSM, CDMA2000 1xRTT and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO.
Report Summary

Brazil - Mobile Operators The mobile panorama in Brazil has changed radically. From a plethora of small regional companies, the market has consolidated into nine operators, out of which four hold over 92% of the market. This report provides a brief profile of all Brazilian mobile operators accompanied by relevant statistics. Report Summary

Brazil Country Profile:

Brazil Profile by the BBC

World Bank News on Brazil

CIA Factbook on Brazil

Brazil - The Economist
Brazil country briefings from The Economist.

Lanic - Brazil
Site with links about Brazil, maintained
by the University of Texas at Austin.

Wikipedia about Brazil
History, politics, geography, economy and demographics of Brasil.

e-Commerce in Brazil
Statistics and data about e-commerce in Brasil (in Portuguese).

Brazil Internet Usage

Brazilian residential internet users have nearly double in the last three years. The number of people with internet access at home reached 35.5 million in June, almost twice the 18.3 million registered in June 2005, according to an Ibope/ NetRatings study released July 23, 2008.

The number of active residential users, aka those who used the internet at home at least once during June, was 22.9 million, also nearly double the 11.5 million registered in June 2005. The Brazilian government approved in June, 2005 a law that gave fiscal incentives to increase the competitiveness in the computer market, this measure resulted in a surge in computer sales.

On another hand, the average time that Brazilians spend on the internet per month jumped from 16 hours and 54 minutes in June 2005 to 23 hours and 12 minutes in June 2008, a rise of 39.8 percent. The figure, however, is lower than in May, 2008, when Brazilians had an average online time of 23 hours and 48 minutes, but it is enough to maintain Brazil as the world country where people spend most time surfing the internet at home. By the way, Germans are the runner-ups spending an average of 20 hours and 11 minutes online per month at home.

Keep tuned to the Latin American Telecommunications Reports.New statistics, figures and updates become available all the time.

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