The total number of telephone accesses installed at customer request stood at around 4.4 million accesses at the end of the 1st Quarter 2011 (1Q11), increasing slightly - 0.2 percent - over the previous quarter, and with the penetration rate maintained at 41.3 lines per 100 inhabitants. The decline in the number of accesses and the reduction in the number of analogue ISDN accesses were offset by the growth reported in accesses using other technologies, especially using cable television networks and optical fibre (FTTH/B).
In year-on-year terms, a change of 2.9 percent was reported in the number of installed accesses, with note made in particular of the growth reported in the number of "other accesses" (32.2 percent). These include accesses using optical fibre (FTTH/B), which increased 212 percent, and VoIP/VoB supported mainly over cable TV networks, which increased 28.7 percent. Accesses based on GSM/UMTS technology grew by 3.1 percent over the same period. Meanwhile, accesses using other technologies represented 26.9 percent of main telephone accesses installed at customer request in 1Q11, an increase of 1.2 percentage points over the previous quarter and an increase of 6 percentage points over the first quarter of 2010.
During the quarter being reported, there were about 31 thousand installed public pay phones, with a reduction of 1.5 percent reported over the previous quarter and a reduction of 5.6 percent compared to 1st Quarter 2010 (1Q10).
The companies of Grupo Portugal Telecom (Grupo PT) active in these markets continue to have the largest number of installed accesses (59.1 percent of total), a decline of 0.4 percentage points over the previous quarter and a decline of 2.5 percentage points compared to the end of 1Q10.
The number of fixed telephone service customers in direct access mode was reported at about 3.6 million, an increase of 0.5 percent over the end of the previous quarter and 4.4 percent over the first quarter of 2010. This trend was driven, to a large extent, by bundled offers which include fixed telephone, subscription television and/or Internet services and by offers of alternative providers supported over cable TV networks.
Total traffic originating on the fixed network during 1Q11 consisted of approximately 2 billion minutes and 570 million calls. Compared to the same quarter of 2010, there was a decline of 0.9 percent in the volume of minutes and a decline of 6.5 percent in the volume of calls.
Consult the statistical report:
- Fixed Telephone Service - 1st quarter 2011 https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1093670