At the end of June there were 7.2 million effective users of the mobile internet access service in Portugal, up 6.9% over the same period last year.
The figures are from Anacom, which justifies the growth of access to services with the increase in the number of people using the internet on the mobile phone (up 7.5% compared to the same period last year), the growing penetration rate of smartphones (77% of the total of mobile phone owners) and the development of mobile applications.
The information for the first six months of the year also indicates that mobile voice traffic reached the highest level recorded so far, having increased by 7.3% compared to 2017, in terms of minutes. The number of minutes of talk per device was, on average, 200 per month, 11 minutes more than in the same period of the previous year.
The evolution in voice traffic is mainly due to the growth of off-net traffic, which increased by 12.2% in minutes, on a year-on-year basis, due to the introduction of packaged offers that do not have on-net / off-net tariff differentiation.
The number of mobile accesses enabled to use the service increased to 17.3 million (+ 0.9%), of which 12.3 million (70.9% of the total) were effectively used, not including communications machine-to-machine (M2M). Excluding also the number of accesses affected to PC / tablet / pen / router, the number of mobile accesses was 11.7 million. Already the number of mobile phone owners with more than one active card reached about 7.1% in the first half of 2018.
The evolution of the postpaid and hybrid plans (+ 4.7% in the last year), which continued to show a growth trend, while prepaid plans were down (-4.2% in the last year), now accounting for 44.8% of the total.
MEO continues to lead with the share of de facto mobile active accesses used (42.7%), although lower by 0.8 percentage points compared to the same period last year. The trend was similar for Vodafone, which decreased its share by 0.7 percentage points to 30.3%. The NOS, third, grew 1.3 points, to 24.7%.
Anacom has been revealing the half-year numbers for different areas of telecommunications, namely for services multiple play and for pay-TV.