As at the end of June, internet and mobile subscriptions registered increases when compared to the previous year. Television and fixed telephone subscriptions declined, the National Statistics Office (NSO) confirmed.
During the reference quarter, internet broadband subscriptions grew by 6.4 per cent reaching 134,007. A significant increase was noted in high-speed internet connections, while those below 10 Mbps became less popular (Table 2). The internet subscription index as at the end of June stood at 144.
Television subscriptions numbered 146,095, down by 1.1 per cent over 2011. Digital subscriptions continue to dominate the market, with a share of 93.7 per cent. The number of analogue subscriptions continued to decline, reaching 9,257 – 20.9 per cent less compared to the corresponding quarter last year.
Fixed telephone subscriptions totalled 230,346, down by 4.0 per cent over 2011. During the reference quarter, total fixed originating minutes to national and international networks dropped by 1.9 and 12.1 per cent respectively. On the other hand, total fixed originating minutes to national networks between fixed and mobile telephone lines advanced by 9.0 per cent.
Mobile telephone subscriptions reached 541,575, up by 10.2 per cent when compared to the previous year. Increases were recorded in both post-paid and pre-paid schemes, albeit the latter remained in the majority. The mobile penetration rate stood at 128.7 per cent, implying that a considerable number of individuals have more than one mobile account.
NSO added that increases were recorded in local originating mobile traffic, both towards fixed and mobile telephone networks – 21.0 and 15.1 respectively. An increase was registered in outbound and inbound roaming, while SMS sent by local subscribers while roaming dropped by 23.0 per cent.
Total postal traffic for the reference quarter exceeded 9.9 million items, decreasing by 9.2 per cent when compared to the corresponding quarter last year. Total parcels and other items counted 20,130 – a decrease of 10.6 per cent when compared to last year.
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