Oi celebrates the mark of 1.5 million service customers Hi Fiber, which has become the company’s most focused product since the disclosure of its strategic plan. The operator has added an average of 125 thousand fiber optic accesses per month, and has surpassed Vivo Fibra in the states where both companies operate with residential services.
Oi’s FTTH network covers around 7.2 million households (home passed) in 127 Brazilian cities in almost all states – except São Paulo, where the company does not operate with residential services. As a result, the fiber occupancy rate is around 20.8% at the national level. The company’s goal is to reach 2 million customers by the end of 2020 and cover 16 million homes by 2021.
To expand coverage, Oi reuses the legacy optical fiber network, which amounts to 370 million kilometers in length. The operator offers pay TV via IPTV, fixed VoIP telephony and broadband. There are two internet plans, with download speeds of 200 Mb / s and 400 Mb / s with a monthly cost of R $ 99.90 and R $ 149.90, respectively. In selected municipalities, the 50 Mb / s plan is available for R $ 79.90.
Majority of Oi’s customers remain in copper
Even though Oi has reached a significant number of users on fiber, Oi still has a lot of work ahead of it to replace customers connected with metallic pair. That’s because broadband on copper Oi Velox still accounts for most of the company’s accesses, with 3.3 million subscribers.
These legacy accesses shrink every month, since the technology does not deliver service with the same stability and speed as the optical fiber of regional providers. In addition, Oi stopped selling accesses via xDSL, preventing growth in regions where the FTTH network has not yet reached.
Oi Fibra has more customers than Vivo Fibra outside SP
Vivo is the leader in fiber optic customers in the country and accounts for 22.7% of the market. However, most accesses are concentrated in São Paulo, a region where Oi does not operate with fixed services for home users.
Considering only the states where both operators operate – that is, the whole of Brazil except São Paulo – Oi leads the FTTH broadband internet market with its 1.5 million customers, while Vivo has 884 thousand subscribers. The figures refer to Anatel’s June 2020 report.
Isolating by state, Oi leads the optical fiber segment in 16 states: Acre, Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Pará, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, Rondônia, Rio Grande do Sul and Tocantins.