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Broadband Connections Up by 5% at Half-Year Mark

Ljubljana, 19 September (STA) - A total of 546,000 broadband connections were in use in Slovenia at the end of June, which is up 5% year-on-year. While xDSL connections still dominated the structure (46%), their number dropped by 4%. On the other hand, the number of fibre-optic connections increased by 18%.

A majority (86%) of all broadband connections were used by private users or households, according to data on electronic communications in the second quarter of 2014 released by the Statistics Office on Friday.

Cable operator Telemach climbed to the second place in terms of connections to fixed broadband internet access, overtaking T-2, the Agency for Communication Networks and Services meanwhile reported.

The first place is still held by telcoms incumbent Telekom Slovenije with a 35.6% market share, down 0.3% compared to the first quarter.

T-2 increased its market share by 0.3 percentage points to 18.3%, but fell behind Telemach, which in the meantime acquired cable operator Elektro Turnšek to increase its share by 3.3 percentage points to 19.4%.

At the end of the second quarter, there were a total of 736,000 fixed telephony connections, 63% of which were based on VoIP technology. The number of VoIP connections was up by 8% compared to the first quarter.

Total traffic on fixed connections amounted to almost 232 million minutes, of which 56% was generated by private users. Domestic traffic amounted to 92% of the total.

Total fixed telephony traffic in the second quarter was down by 13% compared to the same period last year. Domestic traffic was down by 13% and international traffic by 9%, according to the Statistics Office.

Data for mobile telephony show that there were almost 2.311 million users in Slovenia at the end of the second quarter, which is 3% more year-on-year. Subscribers represented 73% of all users. Their number increased by 4%, while the number of pre-paid users was up by 1% year-on-year.

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