Portugal Sees 16.8M Mobile Terminals in Q4

By Ed Silverstein March 08, 2013

Portugal now has 16.8 million active mobile terminals. That was the total at the end of Q4, and it represents a 1.2-percent increase over Q3. It also was 0.2 percent more than the number of mobile terminals during the same time period in 2011, based on data from Anacom.

During Q4, when not including cards/modems and mobile terminals associated with M2M communication, the number of mobile stations/user equipment totaled 12.1 million, the study said. Also, penetration of mobile services was 159.3 percent as of the end of December.

On the other hand, the penetration rate of mobile terminals with effective utilization was 125.8 percent.

In addition, 92.8 percent of the resident population was mobile subscribers, based on data from the Marktest Telecommunications Barometer. Also, effective users of mobile broadband services was about 4.4 million in Q4, which was an increase of 8.9 percent compared to Q3 2012, and 6.1 percent more than the same period in 2011.

“Out of all the 978,000 users of broadband services that recorded traffic in the Q4, 22.2 percent are users of cards/modems,” according to a report from Telecompaper. “The volume of conversation minutes originating on mobile networks increased by 0.4 percent [in Q4] compared to Q3 and decreased 1.6 percent from the year before. The number of minutes per mobile station with effective utilisation (excluding cards/modems) was, on average, 144 per month, down two minutes compared to Q3. The average duration of calls originating on the mobile network (excluding cards/modems) was 146 seconds per call. A total of 7 billion SMS messages were sent, down 1.6 percent from Q3. The number of messages with added value was 25.2 million, or 0.4 percent of total messages sent.”

In other Portugal-related communications news, Portugal Telecom extended the availability of solutions created on the SAP HANA Cloud platform via SmartCloudPT, according to a report from IoTevolutionworld.

Portugal Telecom also changed its focus to data and big data management. 

Edited by Braden Becker

IoTevolutionworld Contributor

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