Spain shed over 2.7 million mobile lines in 2012. Fixed broadband was the only market that grew in 2012, with net adds totaling 416,000. The number of fixed broadband lines increased by 3.7 percent year-on-year, mainly boosted by alternative operators. The fixed telephone market decreased in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year.
Spain lost 277,347 mobile lines and datacards in December 2012, ending the month with a total mobile base of 52.94 million users, down by 5 percent over the same month of 2011, according to a report by Spanish regulator CMT. The MVNOs added nearly 102,79 net lines in December, Yoigo saw 38,280 net additions, while Orange shed 26,780 subscribers, Movistar lost 196,500 customers, and Vodafone shed 195,130 users in the month. The M2M sector went up by 11.4 percent over the same period of 2011, to over 2.79 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 55.74 million.
Spain ported 510,491 mobile phone numbers in December 2012, up nearly 3.5 percent versus the same period of 2011. Yoigo, the MVNOs, and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 20,353 net users, the MVNOs added 106,182 users, Orange won 30,840 ported customers. Vodafone shed 91,742 customers, while Movistar shed 65,633 users in the month.
Spanish operators added nearly 42,380 broadband users in December. Spain ended the month with a total base of 11.56 million broadband lines, up by 3.7 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 25 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines increased by 2.9 year-on-year to 9.18 million lines at the end of December 2012.
The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 20,579 to 19.01 million lines at the end of December. Fixed penetration slightly increased to 41.2 lines per 100 inhabitants in December 2012, versus 42.1 percent in the year-earlier month. Around 184,323 fixed numbers were ported in December, up by 18.3 percent from 155,830 fixed numbers ported in December 2011.
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