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Fixed telephony subscribers’ number on the rise, traffic and call time ebbing

After three consecutive ebbing quarters, the total number of fixed telephony subscribers amounted to over 4.02 M in the first half of 2011, rising by 3.6 pc compared to the preceding half-year, while traffic and average call time ebbed in the same interval, according to figures released on Monday by the National Authority for Administration and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM). According to these figures, the average call time amounted to 3 minutes and 2 seconds in the first half of the year, ebbing by 0.7 pc from figures for the second half of 2010.

The figures further show that out of the 4.89 M fixed telephony access lines, 3.82 M belong to individual households (rising by 3.4 pc compared to the second half of 2010), while 1.07 M lines are found in companies (a 6.8 pc-rise from the second half of 2010). On the other hand, traffic reported by low-end users via public fixed telephony networks slumped by 6.7 pc, amounting to 3.2bln minutes. Thus, voice traffic within fixed telephony networks saw a 6.8 pc-slump, traffic to other fixed telephony networks dropped by 7.7 pc, while traffic to mobile networks ebbed by 1.1 pc. At the same time, the average monthly traffic dropped by 10.4 pc, to one hour and 50 minutes, 13 minutes below the average for the second half of 2010.

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