The most recent statistical data compiled by the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) indicate the existence at the end of the second quarter of 2004 of 9.33 million customers of mobile networks, 0.08 percent less than the figure for the previous quarter. In annual growth terms there was an increase of 8.2%, corresponding to the addition of 707,000 subscribers.
The slight drop in the number of subscribers over the previous quarter is basically due to the reduction of approximately 32,000 subscribers from prepaid plans. The data for the holders of subscription plans show an increase of 25,000 subscribers over the first quarter of the current year.
The holding of the European football championship (Euro 2004) during the month of June seems to have affected the traffic generated in mobile networks. The data now released indicate a clearly rising curve in the second quarter, both in the number of minutes and calls to international networks (18.5 percent and 22.3 percent more, respectively) and in minutes of traffic originating in international networks and with mobile termination, which increased by 21 percent.
Generically, the data for traffic showed positive variations. Such is the case of traffic originating in the mobile networks, which rose in this quarter to 2.656 billion minutes and 1.510 billion calls. The same happened with traffic terminating in the mobile network, which increased 3.7 percent compared to the first three months of 2004.
In the second quarter of 2004 the mobile operators accounted for 33,463 ported numbers, for an average of 5,000 new ported numbers every three months.
During the same period, customers of the three operational LMS providers sent 604 million written messages (SMS), representing a positive variation of 1.2 percent vis-à-vis the previous quarter.
LMS subscribers and growth rates
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