Fixed network continues to lose traffic due to reduced dial-up connections

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In the first quarter of 2005 (January to March) telephone traffic originating on the fixed network was around 2,652 million minutes, a decrease of 4.9 percent over the previous quarter and 17.9 percent less compared to the same period last year, what the National Communications Authority (Anacom) attributes to the sharp reduction in communications dial-up in view of the expansion of ADSL accesses.

With regard to voice traffic, around 2,077 thousand minutes originated on the fixed network resulting from 782 million calls, corresponding to negative variations of 3.9 percent and 3.7 percent compared to the previous quarter.

In year-on-year terms, both in terms of minutes and calls, the variations were also negative, 6.1 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. These drops translate the drop in national traffic to fixed numbers (7.4 percent less minutes and 6.3 percent fewer calls compared to the same quarter of the previous year) and mobile numbers (5.9 percent fewer minutes and 8, 9 percent of calls compared to the same quarter).

In the same report, Anacom indicates that at the end of the analyzed period, the number of fixed lines was 4,124 thousand, corresponding to a penetration of 40 accesses per 100 inhabitants. Compared to the previous quarter, there was a negative variation of 0.5 percent in this indicator, motivated by the drop in the number of installed analogue accesses, in 0.6 percent, and the equivalent digital accesses in 0.4 percent.

Portugal Telecom continues to maintain market leadership, being responsible for 92.9 percent of the total accesses installed at the request of customers, a slightly lower value (0.3 percentage points) than at the end of 2004. The loss of the group’s share PT in the number of analogue accesses is the result of the decrease in the use of the fixed network for making calls and the growth of offers from the remaining providers of bundles of bundling with other services.

Anacom also indicates that in the first quarter of 2005 21 entities were authorized to provide fixed telephone service, of which 13 were in operation. Of these, one provided the service through direct access, three through indirect access and the rest provided service through both types of access.

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