ABU DHABI, October 18, / WAM – The telecom services market returned to growth during the month of August of 2020, as the total number of subscribers in the sector’s services (mobile, fixed phone, and internet) increased to about 21.808 million subscribers, an increase of approximately 1% compared to the month of July The same year, according to the latest statistics issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
The biggest support for the registered growth came from mobile subscriptions, which increased by 206,000 during August of this year, which raised the total number of subscribers to 16.685 million subscribers, compared to 16.479 million subscribers in the previous July.
With the development of this service, its penetration rate increased from 183.1 lines to 185.2 lines per 100 inhabitants during the same comparison periods.
The Communications Commission’s statistics show that the number of actual subscriptions to the prepaid mobile service reached 13.107 million subscriptions in August, while the number in the billing system reached 3,578 million.
The actual subscriptions for mobile phone activity include only any subscriber who has made or received a voice or video call during the past 90 days, or sent an SMS or multimedia message during that period, as applied by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.
With regard to the fixed telephone service, the total number of subscriptions increased to 2.127 million during August of this year compared to 2.125 million in the previous July. Thus, the service penetration rate increased from 23.6 lines to 23.75 lines per 100 inhabitants.
In terms of Internet services, the number of subscriptions reached 2.996 million in August, compared with about 3 million subscriptions in July, and the penetration rate reached 33.3 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.
It is clear from the statistics of the Communications Commission that all subscriptions to the Internet service were in the broadband service, while there was no longer any subscription to the Internet service via the telephone line.
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