Macedonia’s industry regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has published its latest observatory of the country’s telecoms markets for the period ended 31 March 2013. At that date the watchdog counted a total of 2.227 million active mobile subscribers, up 1.35% from 2.197 million in March 2012. Of these, the number of mobile broadband (2G/3G) users stood at 563,505, up 46.9% from 383,610 a year earlier; 2G narrowband users topped 264,782 (+64.1%). The Macedonian regulator also said that mobile phone users generated voice traffic of over 1.094 billion minutes in Q1 2013, up 17.7% y-o-y, but 0.29% lower than in Q4 2012.
The total number of main lines in service (PSTN and ISDN) reached 404,799 at end-March 2013, down 2.5% year-on-year, of which business lines accounted for 43,417 (-3.8%). Meanwhile the number of residential fixed line subscribers dropped by 2.4% in the year under review to 361,382. The total number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased by 9.7% year-on-year to 321,673 from 293,344, while IPTV users increased to 37,886 – part of the overall total of 296,686 (+6.7%) pay-TV customers in the country at that date.