Venezuelan regulator Conatel reports that internet service subscriptions at the end of March 2011 grew by 25.3% year-on-year to reach a total of 2.741 million, while broadband subscribers increased by 24.2% over the same period to 2.488 million subscribers, of which mobile broadband users now account for 34.9%, or 868,000 (up by 60,000 quarter-quarter). Dial-up subscriptions reached 254,000 at end-March, up 36.9% y-o-y.
Conatel also estimated that there were 27.193 million ‘active’ mobile phone subscribers in the country at the end of the first quarter of 2011, down by 3.1% on the regulator’s own reported figure a year earlier. It added that pre-paid subscribers represented 92.7% of the mobile active user total, whilst during 1Q11 an average subscriber sent 2.6 text messages per minute of calls made.
Also at 31 March 2011 Conatel said that there were 7.177 million subscribers of local fixed telephony services, an increase of 3.9% compared with the same period last year. Of the total, 86.3% are residential, giving an estimated household penetration of 89.7% according to the watchdog’s figures.