Brazil finished 2011 with more than 242.2 million mobile phone lines, after adding 39.3 million new subscribers last year. The country's mobile penetration reached 123.87 percent at the end of 2011, according to figures from market regulator Anatel. New additions were the highest in the past twelve years and totaled 6.1 million in December alone. Of the total base, 191.2 million were prepaid (81.81%) and 44 million postpaid (18.19%). Vivo finished in first place with 29.54 percent or 71.55 million subscribers. TIM Brasil surpassed rival Claro to take second place with 26.46 percent or 64.08 million customers. Claro Brasil ended the year with 24.93 percent or 60.38 million subscribers. Oi was in fourth position with 18.78 percent or 45.48 million subscribers, and regional operator CTBC closed the year with 653,905 subscribers, accounting for 0.07 percent. 3G handsets (phones and mobile devices) totalled more than 41.1 million in Brazil last year, which means an increase of 99.31 percent compared to 2010.
Source: Telecom Paper.