The number of fixed-line telephone connections has been dropping in Slovakia year after year, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Transport, Posts, and Telecommunications. At the end of last year, there were 21.29 fixed-line telephone connections in Slovakia per 100 inhabitants, compared to 24.07 in 2003. In contrast, the number of users of mobile services almost doubled in the same period. While at the end of 2003 the ministry recorded 68.39 SIM cards per 100 people, at the end of last year this figure rose to 112.5. Moreover, ever more frequently used mobile services are behind a decrease in the number of public phone booths. Ministry statistics showed 3.05 public phone booths per 1,000 inhabitants in 2003, while their number shrank to 1.51 at the end of last year. The statistics show a considerable increase in the number of internet users over the past five years. According to ministry estimates, 2.3 million people used the internet at the end of last year, compared to 1.376 million in 2003. In 2003, there were 7,530 broadband connections in Slovakia. This figure rose to 626,900 at the end of last year. The number of broadband connections rose from 0.14 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants in 2003 to 11.6 at the end of last year. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Jul 2008 at 18:00