Mobile broadband users up 32.5% year-on-year, total cellular users down by 1.7%

16 Nov 2011

Venezuelan telecoms regulator Conatel reports that there were 28.64 million mobile telephony subscribers in the country at the end of September 2011, down by 1.7% year-on-year, in a market where cellular penetration has stood above 100% since 2008. Mobile broadband subscriptions, on the other hand, increased to 995,000 at 30 September 2011, a 32.5% year-on-year rise from 751,000 according to Conatel’s figures. Another statistic quoted was the level of BlackBerry smartphone ownership – rising 73% in a year to 2.77 million users. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s fixed broadband lines in service grew by 14.6% in the same period, increasing from 1.51 million to 1.73 million in twelve months, the watchdog claimed.

Venezuela, National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel)