As at the end of September, internet, mobile and TV subscriptions registered increases while fixed telephone subscriptions declined, when compared to the corresponding period last year. During the reference quarter, broadband internet subscriptions numbered 143,659, up by 5.8 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year. High speed internet connections exceeding 10 Mbps reached 117,603 and accounted for 81.9 per cent of total subscriptions. On the other hand internet subscriptions with speeds ranging from 2 to 10 Mbps dropped by 24.0 per cent. The internet subscription as at the end of the third quarter stood at 154.4, increasing by 5.8 percentage points compared to last year’s levels. Television subscriptions totalled 149,166, up slightly by 0.2 per cent over 2012. Digital subscriptions continued to dominate the market with 94.8 per cent of total share.
Fixed telephone subscriptions as at the end of September declined to 230,841, down by 1.4 per cent over 2012. During the reference quarter, mobile telephone subscriptions reached 570,196, up by 5.2 per cent when compared to the previous year. An increase of 6.4 per cent was recorded in the demand for post-paid schemes, while pre-paid subscriptions advanced by 4.8 per cent. The mobile penetration rate for the third quarter stood at 134.8 per cent, indicating that a share of individuals had more than one mobile account during the reference period.