Telephony the industry with best infrastructure in Brazil, claim operators

Monday, September 16, 2013

Telephony is the most competitive segment within the Brazilian infrastructure industry, local telco association Telebrasil claimed, citing data from the World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Competitiveness report.

According to the Global Ranking of Infrastructure Quality, which is part of the report, Brazilian mobile telephony is ranked 58 places further ahead than its railroad infrastructure, 75 places above roads, 78 places ahead of air transport and 86 above ports.

The performance of the telephony segment helped to raise Brazil's overall position in the infrastructure evaluation, said Telebrasil. With the exception of Russia, the performance of Brazilian fixed and mobile telephony is also superior to that of the other BRICS countries, the group formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, added the association.

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The country was ranked 71st among 148 nations in infrastructure.

However, while WEF's Infrastructure study clearly assesses items from a quality standpoint (listed as "quality of roads", "quality of port infrastructure" or "quality of air transport infrastructure", for example), telephony is only mentioned in terms of its penetration, or ratio: "mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop" and "fixed telephone lines/100 pop."

As the country has a strong mobile penetration, (of over 134%, according to the latest data from telecoms regulator Anatel) as well as good distribution of fixed telephony to its total population, the two telephony items were rated relatively highly and thus helped to improve the country's overall performance in the infrastructure part of the report.

Infrastructure is one of the 12 pillars evaluated by WEF in its Competitiveness Report.

Chile remained the most competitive economy in Latin America, though it fell one position from last year to 34th, ahead of Panama (40th), Costa Rica (54th), Mexico (55th) and Brazil (56th), which all remained relatively stable.