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Number of landline subscriptions continues to fall

The number of landline telephone connections in Hungary fell 15,000 to 3,145,000 in September from August, the National Communications Authority (NHH) said. The number of broadband internet subscriptions grew 160,000 in the first nine months of 2008 to 1,486,000.

The percentage of households with a land line fell to 62.37% in September from 62.7% in August.

Total duration of calls initiated was 525 million minutes in September, up 8% from August. Total duration of initiated calls per landline increased to 166.8 minutes in September from 153.5 minutes in August. The average duration per call rose to 3.04 minutes from 2.99.

About 8.7% of landline calls were made using dial-around services in September. Total duration of calls made using dial-around services came to 46 million minutes.

The number of ADSL and cable broadband subscriptions reached 1.486 million at the end of September, up 20% from twelve months earlier and 12% more than at the end of 2007.

Compared to the previous month, the number of ADSL subscriptions inched up 0.3% to 786,000 in September. The number of cable broadband subscribers reached 690,000 - an estimate based on the subscriber numbers of the four biggest cable broadband providers. The subscribers of these four providers - UPC, T-Kábel, Fibernet and DIGI - rose 1.4% from August to 504,000. (MTI – Econews)