The landline phone is no longer the «essential asset» of other times, considered a vital point of connection to the world for those who lived more isolated or had distant family members. Today, technologies like GSM have joined the offering and diluted the answer to the need to be connected to the world in a more comprehensive product range.
The data released by Anacom show that between April and June this year the number of telephone accesses installed at the customer’s request is around 4 million, corresponding to a penetration of 38.2 per 100 inhabitants, a number that represents a decrease of 0.8 percent over the previous quarter and 1.3 percent over the same period last year.
The figures show that, even with the 36.5 percent growth registered in access supported by GSM technology (for fixed telephony offers) over the last year or technologies such as cable or VoIP, there is a decrease.
In global terms, the regulator registered a total of 3.2 million customers in the period in the direct access modality, which, in a timid way, but grew 0.6 percent, compared to the previous quarter. A movement different from that which has been felt since 2006 in the pre-selection.
The service, which in the early years of liberalization was successful in offering cheaper calls over the traditional operator’s network, has lost its appeal to both operators and consumers, especially after the purchase of Tele2 by Sonaecom.
Indirect access through pre-selection registered a decrease of 10.3 percent in the number of customers, to a total of 221.8 thousand. Compared to the same period last year, the number of customers decreased by 42 percent. Likewise, in total, only 27 thousand customers enjoyed call-by-call selection services at the end of June, the other modality for this type of service. The drop is 6.3 and 42 percent for the quarter and the full year.
Meanwhile, PT continues to lose market share and at the end of June accounted for 66.6 percent of fixed service customers nationwide.