Fixed Network registers a drop in traffic in the third quarter of this year

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The third quarter of this year was marked by a decrease of 5.5 percent – compared to the previous quarter – in total traffic originating on the fixed network reaching 2.14 million minutes, says ANACOM. Compared to the same period last year, the values ​​calculated between July and September represent a drop of 12.5 percent.

The regulatory authority attributes the drop in fixed line traffic to the increase in Internet access through broadband connections, a trend already felt in the previous quarter.

With regard to voice traffic, the total number of minutes recorded was 1.92 million, representing a decrease of 3.7 percent compared to the figures obtained in the second quarter of 2006 and 5.1 compared to the same period of 2005.

Compared to the same quarter last year, all traffic categories decreased, with the minutes of calls made from the landline to the mobile network falling by 7.5 percent and to the international network by 13.5 percent.

Between July and September of this year, the Portugal Telecom group lost 0.6 percent of its voice market share and now controls 70.4 percent of the market, compared to the same period last year. In return, the new service providers captured an additional 3.2 percent of the market.

With regard to access shares, Anacom’s figures show that Grupo PT companies continue to hold the majority of installed accesses – more than 83 percent at the end of September. Even so, the figure is representative of a drop of 2.1 percentage points compared to the end of June 2006 and 7.2 percent compared to the end of the third quarter of last year.

In the same period, the number of fixed telephone service customers using direct access was approximately 3.18 million, 2.6 percent more than at the end of the previous quarter. As for new providers, there was an increase in the number of direct access customers in the order of 14.9 percent. The telecommunications regulator attributes this increase to «new offers supported by GSM technology and offers in bundles of fixed telephony and cable television and / or Internet».

PT’s share of direct access customers decreased by 1.8 percentage points in relation to the previous quarter, now standing at 83.1 percent.

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