Data show an increase of more than 7 million compared to 2019
April 29, Sao Paulo: Brazil registered 234.07 million mobile accesses in 2020. The number represents an increase of 7.39 million in relation to 2019, equivalent to 3.26%.
The data are from the Telecommunications Sector Monitoring Report of the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), linked to the Ministry of Communications (MCom).
Mobile access is the name given to cell phone or tablet chips, for example, which can be used for voice or internet connection services, using 3G and 4G technology. Since 2015, the Brazilian market recorded a reduction in the number of chips. However, as of July 2020, every month showed growth in this indicator.
According to Anatel, Covid-19 is one of the explanations for growth. “With the forced transfer of activities to the online modality, especially classes for children and adolescents, there was an increase in the purchase of devices to allow these activities to be carried out. The cell phone is the cheapest device to access the internet, and many of these devices are already sold linked to the contracting of a new plan ”, points out the report.
When analyzing the data per 100 thousand inhabitants, Anatel's data still shows that the density of mobile telephony closed in the year 2020 at 97.20 accesses. The number represents an increase of 1.11% in relation to the previous year.
The percentage of the population covered by mobile accesses in urban areas was higher than 94% in all Units of the Federation. In addition, about 46.6% of the 53,944 kilometres of federal highways in the country were covered by 3G or 4G technology. In four Federation Units, service reached more than 80% of federal highways: São Paulo (91.6%), Distrito Federal (87.4%), Rio de Janeiro (85.1%) and Sergipe (83.1 %).
The Telecommunications Sector Monitoring Report is a publication that assesses the development of mobile telephony in Brazil based on the analysis of the four largest service providers, which represent 96.9% of the total accesses. National data and clippings are presented by Federation Unit, provider, technology, type of product and charging method, highlighting the variation between 2019 and 2020 and the effects of Covid-19 on mobile phone numbers.
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