Access points to the postal network increased 1.2% in 2016

The number of the access points to the postal network increased 1.2% in 2016 compared to the previous year, increasing the postal coverage to 14.8 per 100 square kilometres, from 14.6 in the same period. Postal density also improved, going to 758 inhabitants per access point from 768 inhabitants per access points in 2015. It is important to remember that the number of access points to the network showed a downward trend until 2014, at which point an inversion of this behaviour was observed due to the increase in the number of letterboxes of the CTT Group, following the fulfilment of the objectives and postal density rules approved by ANACOM on 28 August 2014.

In the same period, postal traffic totalled around 823 million items, 2.7% less than in 2015. The reduction in traffic is mainly explained by a decrease in non-express correspondence traffic. This decline is related to the increasing use of electronic communications instead of traditional postal items.

It is estimated that at least 51.9 percent of total traffic consisted of bulk mail and that 90.4% of non-express mail was within the limits of the universal service (US).

In 2016, postal traffic per inhabitant reached 79.6 items (81.5 in 2015). According to the Survey on the Consumption of Postal Services, the proportion of individuals who received mail in 2016 was 67%.

In 2016, there was a rise in employment in the postal sector (an increase of 1.2%), countering the trend recorded in the previous four years.

In 2016, total revenues derived from postal services totalled around 636 million euros, reflecting a fall of 3% compared to 2015. Average revenue per item (excluding incoming traffic) was 0.77 euros in 2016, representing a 0.2 percent decrease over the previous year.

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