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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.
Brazilian mobile operator Vivo Participacoes ended 2008 with 44.9 million customers, a market share of 29.8%, up from 27.7% in 2007. According to data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel, Vivo increased its market share partly by dint of its takeover of Telemig Celular in mid-2008. Telecom Americas (Claro) took second spot with a 25.7% market share, ahead of TIM Brasil with 24.2%. The next largest player at the end of last year was the enlarged Oi (Telemar)/Brasil Telecom (BrT) entity with 29.9 million customers, or 19.5% of the total, broken down as 24.3 million for Oi (16.2%) and 5.6 million for BrT (3.7%).
As at 31 December 2008, Anatel said Brazil was home to around 150.6 million mobile connections, up 29.6 million or 24.5% when compared to end-2007. On a less positive note, mobile phone sales fell 23% year-on-year in December 2008 to just 3.6 million units, reflecting the rising impact of the global economic downturn.