The number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 0.4% or 51,000 to 12.357 million in October-December. The State Statistics Committee announced this in a statement.
Home telephone devices totaled 10.181 million or about 82.4% of all telephone devices,
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the number of telephone devices in the municipal telephone network totaled 10.716 million that is a 0.4% decrease, compared with the third quarter of 2009. Out of these, 8.678 million were home telephones. The number of telephone devices in the rural areas fell by 0.2% to 1.641 million in the fourth quarter, including 1.503 million home telephones.
Kyiv has the largest number of telephone devices: 1.562 million or 12.6% of the total number in Ukraine.
In 2009, the number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 1.1% or 133,000 to 12.357 million, comparing with 2008.
Ukrtelecom, Ukraine’s largest telecommunications company, has a 78% share of the fixed-line telephone market in Ukraine, providing services to over 10.1 million subscribers. The other major players on the market — the Optima Telecom and Farlep companies — provide services to about 700,000 subscribers and jointly control 8% of the market. The Golden Telecom company controls about 4% of the fixed-line telephone market and provide services to more than 110,000 phone-lines.