Brazil ends 2008 with over 150 million mobile users
The number of mobile subscribers in Brazil reached 150.6 million at the end of 2008, according to preliminary data from Anatel, representing a 24.5 percent increase on 2007 figures. In December, 3.5 million new mobile users were added, however this figure is 23 percent lower than the number in December 2007. Of the total number of subscribers, 81.47 percent are prepaid and 18.53 percent postpaid. Vivo continues to lead the market with 29.84 percent of subscribers, a figure slightly higher than in November (29.53%) and 2.16 percentage points more than in December 2007. Second place, for the fifth month in a row, went to Claro, with 25.71 percent (25.42% in November 2008), while TIM was third with 24.17 percent (24.53% in November 2008). Oi was fourth with 16.19 percent, followed by Brasil Telecom with 3.72 percent. Aeiou, which initiated operations in Sao Paulo in August 2008, has already sold 16,700 mobile lines, representing 0.01 percent of the national market.