Portuguese regulator announces 1H mobile gains

19 Sep 2005

Portugal’s telecoms regulator, the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), reported that there were more than 10.7 million mobile phones in the country at the end of June, up 0.7% on the previous quarter and an 8.8% rise year-on-year. Of the total, 8.694 million were pre-paid users, up 12.5% on a year ago, and 2.027 million were contract customers, a 4.5% decrease on June 2004. ANACOM said that mobile penetration stood at 102.3% at the start of July, putting the country in a small group of EU nations with rates over 100%. The regulator also pointed to a rise in voice traffic, with call volumes up 6.6% quarter-on-quarter to 1.61 billion calls, and up 6.9% on the corresponding year-ago period.