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Mobile Uptake Continues to Rise

Ljubljana, 13 June (STA) - Even though the number of mobile phones has already exceeded the number of people in Slovenia, mobile uptake continues to rise, according to the latest data from the Agency for Port and Electronic Communications (APEK).

Mobile penetration reached 102.7% in the first quarter of the year, up 0.1 percentage points over the previous quarter and an increase of 1.3 points compared to a year ago, suggests APEK's quarterly report.

Little has changed in terms of market share, but data indicate a slow erosion of market shares of the biggest providers.

Mobitel, a part of the majority state-owned Telekom Slovenije group, had a market share of 56.1%, down 0.2 points from the previous quarter and almost two points less than a year ago.

Simobil, an Telekom Austria company, is virtually flat at 28.1%, followed by Tusmobil, which gained nearly two points from a year ago to 8.2%, an increase of 0.1 points at the quarterly basis.

Debitel (4.4%) and Izimobil (2.3%) actually lost market share compared to a year ago but were both up 0.1 points over the previous quarter.

The smallest provider T-2 (0.9%) nearly doubled its market share in a year and gained 0.1 points compared to the last quarter of 2009.

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