The number of fixed network main accesses rose to 4.3 million during the first quarter of the year, equivalent to a reduction of 6% over the previous quarter, according to data compiled by the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM).
The Portugal Telecom group companies accounted for most of those accesses, 93.8% of the total. Similarly, the historic operator routed 89.8% of traffic, counted in minutes, generated during the first quarter.
Total originated traffic during the period under review rose to 3.4 billion minutes, 7.2% less than in the previous quarter.
Some 8% of all conversation minutes derived from recourse to indirect access, a percentage that has remained stable since the first quarter of 2002. Of the total minutes originated via direct and indirect access, 96% were from national connections.
Each national call lasted an average of 4.5 minutes, a figure above the 4.1 minute average length of each international call.
At the end of the first quarter of 2003 there were 26 licensed providers of fixed telephone service, of which 11 were operational. Of the latter, 2 provided service only via direct access, 2 only via indirect access and 7 via both access types.
At the end of 2003 some 83,931 fixed network numbers were ported, 32% more than at the end of last year.
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