According to João Rezende — president of the National Telecommunications Agency ( Anatel ) — mobile phones with third generation broadband (3G) will overcome the second generation (2G) in Brazil between June and July this year.
Between January and March of 2014, the number of 3G handsets in the country increased from 97.8 million to 105.4 million, according to the latest statement released by the agency. 2G devices are falling: there were 157.5 million in January and in March, 150.4 million.
“There is a desire of citizens to access the mobile internet service, and we have to rapidly expand the network infrastructure to support the growth of third-generation traffic,” said Rezende during a recent public hearing before the House of Representatives. 3G networks allow higher speed data transmission, compared to 2G.
Today the country already have phones that allow access to mobile broadband fourth generation (4G) service. According to a survey by Anatel in March were 2 million of them.
Audits made by Anatel starting in 2012 has shown that the quality of Internet access is the main problem of mobile telephony in Brazil.