BNamericas, quoting Argentina’s national statistics institute Indec, reports that there were 40.8 million mobile lines in service at the end of January 2008, an increase of 26.3% compared to the same time in 2007. Monthly mobile traffic for January amounted to 2.69 billion calls, up 35.6%. Meanwhile, fixed line local telephony traffic rose 28.6% to 1.33 billion calls, while domestic long distance was up 24.2% to 309 million calls. The number of outgoing international long-distance calls rose 13.1% to 18.9 million, while the number of minutes rose 22.2% to 74.6 million. At the end of January, there were 9.27 million fixed lines installed in the country, 2.5% more than the same time in 2007. Public phones totalled 148,000, down 5.3%.