Number Of Subscribers To Fixed-Line Telephone Services 0.5% Down To 12.3 Million In Q4

The number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 0.5% or 58,000 to 12.286 million in October-December, comparing with the third quarter of 2010.

The State Statistics Committee announced this in a statement, a text of which Ukrainian News obtained.

The number of home telephone devices totaled 10.156 million or about 82.7% of all telephone devices.

In the fourth quarter of 2010, the number of telephone devices in the municipal telephone network totaled 10.654 million that is an 0.5% decrease, compared with the third quarter of 2010.

Out of these, 8.661 million were home telephones.

The number of telephone devices in the rural areas fell by 0.4% to 1.632 million in the fourth quarter, including 1.495 million home telephones.

Kyiv has the largest number of telephone devices: 1.529 million or 12.4% of the total number in Ukraine.

In 2010, the number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 0.6% or 76,000 to 12.362 million, comparing with 2009.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 0.02% or 2,000 to 12.344 million in July-September, comparing with the second quarter of 2010.

In 2009, the number of subscribers to fixed-line telephone services fell by 1% or 128,000 to 12.362 million.

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.

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