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Mobile phone subscriptions up 7% in 2005

There were 9.32 million mobile phone subscriptions in Hungary at the end of December 2005, 2.7% more than at the end of September and 7% more than twelve months earlier, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported on Tuesday.  

The number of fixed lines fell 1.2% from the end of September to 3.445 million at the end of December, and dropped 3.5% from the end of 2004. Mobile phone subscribers made 1.57 billion calls in Q4, 1.2% less than in Q3 but 17.9% more than a year earlier. Landline subscribers made 714 million calls in Q4, a slight 0.1% less than in Q3 and 7.9% less then a year earlier. Calls from mobile phones totaled 2.6 billion minutes in Q4, up 4.9% from Q3 and up 31% in one year. Mobile subscribers made calls totaling 279 minutes on average in Q4, with the average call lasting for 1.7 minutes. The total length of calls from landlines rose 4.7% in Q4 from Q3 to 2,424 million minutes, but was 1.9% less than a year earlier. The average call per landline lasted 704 minutes in Q4 2005, slightly more than a year earlier, and the length of the average call was 3.4 minutes including internet calls and 2.9 minutes excluding internet calls.


At the end of December 2005, there were 34.2 landlines per 100 inhabitants and there were 92.5 mobile phone subscriptions per 100 people.