In the third quarter of the year, 36.8 percent of the 15.5 million subscribers to the terrestrial mobile service were able to access third generation services, for a total of 5.7 million, but only 2.3 million actually used this possibility. .
Even so, the number represents a significant growth compared to the previous three months and even more expressive compared to the same period last year. Compared to the three months between April and June, the growth in the number of active users of UMTS services is 32.9 percent. Compared to the same period of 123.6 percent.
In a statement, the communications regulator explains that the growth in the number of users of UMTS services is directly related to the emergence of new tariff offers for Internet access on mobile phones, such as daily tariffs. The data «seems to indicate that this offer has encouraged the use of the Internet service on mobile phones», reveals the Anacom press release.
Another trend denoted by the data is the increase in the number of subscribers to mobile services. The growth recorded in the quarter is 3.3 percent and increases the mobile penetration rate to 146.6 percent. In this regard, the regulator highlights the impact of the growth of mobile data services and Internet access over 3G networks. There are also cards assigned to machines, equipment and vehicles that count towards the data and keep the numbers growing, without this effectively corresponding to new users.
In the period under analysis, two billion calls were made, 6 percent more than in the previous quarter and 9 percent over the same period last year. The number of minutes of conversation also increased, 7.5 percent compared to the previous quarter, to a total of 4.6 billion, as well as the average duration of calls that is now fixed at 130 seconds, 6 percent more than for us. previous three months.