27 March 2003
ART has published telecommunications services market figures for the third quarter 2002. The end client market records an overall yearly increase of 1.3% in sales, and 5.2% in volume.
Mobile telephony supports growth This market grew 17.2% in volume, to 12.9 billion minutes, and 15% in value with respect to the same quarter in 2001. Mobile subscribers paid an average €26.7 each month, up 3.3% year on year. Average monthly consumption per subscriber was 113.8 minutes of calls (up 5.4% year on year) and over 13 SMS (up 64.5% year on year). Close to 1.5 billion SMS were sent during this quarter. Internet continues to grow Modifications to the calculation methods were applied in this quarter's Observatory, resulting in a recalculation of previous figures. Moreover, the publication now distinguishes between two types of subscriptions for Internet access calls: flat-rate and time-based billing (no subscription). Revenues generated by the Internet activity with end clients represent €288 million, up 6% year on year, for a volume of close to 15 billion minutes. Traffic collection represents on average 74.4% of Internet minutes. Fixed telephony: market stagnates Most indicators declined, both in volume and value, except for : - international traffic and traffic to mobile phones, thanks to continuing growth in the number of mobile subscribers - the number of pre-selection subscriptions (+10% in one quarter), indicating more frequent use of alternate operators for calls from fixed lines.