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Although classed as an emerging economy, Brazil is among the top ten countries worldwide when ranked by total number of broadband users. At the end of 2010 Brazil was in 9th position, with about 15m fixed broadband subscribers, as well as 20m mobile broadband (3G) subscribers.
Brazil is the fifth most populated and fifth largest country in the world, with over 190 million people and an area of about 8.5 million sq km.
Brazil's broadband market is serviced by a wide range of access technologies deployed by the network operators. These range from fibre to the home, copper cable-based DSL, broadband over power lines and cable-TV, to a variety of wireless and satellite-based systems, but mainly 2.
Beginning with the PGR in 2008, the Federal and State governments have adopted extensive and wide ranging strategies for supporting improved access to broadband. These efforts emerged from much earlier initiatives to promote the uptake of ICTs more generally in Brazil, prior to the advent of 'broadband Internet'.
When the Cardoso government promoted the privatisation of the telecommunications sector in Brazil in 1998, the promise was that increased competition would bring down prices. While the extension of services has reached most areas for voice, prices have remained relatively high, and the availability of new services such as broadband has been slower and more costly than expected.
Table of Contents
1. Building Broadband
2. Policy Approaches
3. Law & Regulation
4. Universal Access
5. Infrastructure Technologies
6. Driving Demand
7. Global Footprints
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