103 thousand already access the Internet with fiber

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At the end of September, 103 thousand families accessed the Internet using a fiber optic connection. In the figures this morning revealed by Anacom, it is revealed that this type of accesses achieved a growth of 32 percent in the last quarter, attracting 62 percent of the new adhesions registered and now representing 5 percent of the total customers.

Fiber connections are included in a category designated by Anacom as other technologies, including leased lines and FWA, which, in total, are an option for 127,780 customers.

According to Anacom data, however, it is the mobile Internet that continues to have the greatest expression in the market, with 2.3 million effective users, registered between July and September 2010. Accesses to the Internet through the fixed network were used by 2.05 million customers, 2.02 million on broadband.

Both in fixed broadband and mobile broadband, the number of users who actually took advantage of the connections they have available increased compared to the previous quarter, in the order of 2 percent.

It should also be noted that in fixed network technologies, ADSL remains the dominant technology, representing 53 percent of the total accesses.

In fixed broadband, the market leadership remains with PT, which holds 46.2 percent of customers, followed by Zon, which provides service to 32.7 percent of Internet customers accounted for by the regulator. In mobile broadband, TMN dominates, with a 47.8 percent share, followed by Optimus and Vodafone.

In the first nine months of the year, fixed Internet services, sold in isolation (without integrating offers triple play), earned operators 298 million euros, a drop of 7 percent compared to the same period last year. Non-separable revenues amounted to 153 million euros, an increase of 58 percent.

Recently, Anacom also provided figures for the universe of houses already wired with new generation technologies. These data referred to values ​​for both optical fiber and cable with EuroDOCSIS 3.0 (technology that supports high-speed services).

Editorial note: Updated news with information on data previously made available by Anacom.