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Portuguese mobile network voice traffic increases more than expected in 2013

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In 4th quarter 2013, the volume of conversation minutes originating on Portugal's mobile networks increased by 3.2% over the previous quarter and by 9.6% compared to 4th quarter 2012, coming in above the upper limit of the range forecast by the telecoms regulator. It said that the growth stems from the launch of offers with unlimited calls.

Mobile phones with actual use (12 million excluding cards/modems and M2M devices) saw an average of 162 conversation minutes per phone per month. Of these, 119 were on-net minutes, 26 were off-net minutes, 8 were minutes associated with calls to the fixed network, 3 were minutes associated with calls to short/non-geographic numbers and 6 were minutes associated with calls to international networks.

The average duration of calls originating on the mobile network (excluding cards/modems and M2M devices) was reported at 150 seconds per call this quarter, 3 seconds more than in the previous quarter.

In the same period, there were about 4.7 million actual users of mobile broadband in Portugal, an increase of 9% over the previous quarter and an increase of 5.7% over the same quarter of 2012.

Users of the text message service (63.5% of total mobile stations with actual use, excluding cards for Internet access and M2M devices) sent about 6.5 billion text messages -- which was a decline of 6.1% over the year.

At the end of the year, penetration of mobile services was reported at 159.8 per 100 inhabitants. The penetration rate of mobile stations with actual use was reported at 126 per 100 inhabitants.

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