9/9/2009 12:45:00 PM
Ofcom: Surge in voice and text during Q1 2009
Call and text messaging volumes are increasing, while the gap between prepay and contract customers is getting smaller, according to the latest Ofcom report.
The regulator published its Telecommunications Market report for the first quarter of 2009 this week (7 September).
The report found that total revenue across the UK’s four largest operators fell by 3.7% in Q1 of 2009, compared with the same quarter last year.
The number of subscribers declined by 1% in Q1 2009 compared with the previous quarter, but was 1% higher than Q1 2008. Postpay accounted for 49% of total subscribers in Q4 2008, compared with 46% in Q1 2009.
Meanwhile, total call volumes increased by 6.8% year on year to 25.7 billion minutes, driven by a 7.1% increase in call volumes to UK numbers and a 9% rise in international call volumes. Roaming call volumes were 13.6% lower than in Q1 2008.
Messaging volumes increased by 26.1% between Q1 2008 and Q1 2009. On average, consumers sent 104 messages per month, compared with 84 during the same period last year.