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Composed of 26 states and one federal district (Brasilia), Brazil is the fifth most populous nation in the world (over 193.1 million inhabitants in 2008) and the fifth largest country by geographial area (more than 8.5 million square kilometres), occupying nearly half of South America. Forests make up more than 60% of the country, including the tropical rain forest Amazonia in the Amazon Basin.
Fixed telephony traffic ARPU is based on revenues generated from traffic volume and does not include revenues from fixed line subscriptions.
As in the previous years, Western Europe saw a continuous decline in the volume of fixed telephony traffic minutes from 2007 to 2008. In the case of the top-5 countries in the region the volume of call minutes declined by 5.9%.
From 2007 to 2008, the to...