Conatel announced that in the fourth quarter of the year, investments were up 54% compared to in 2011, while its profits were up 22.4%.
A 12% rise in subscribers to Conatel’s internet services indicates greater access to web among Venezuelans. The fourth quarter of 2012 saw 3.67 million new clients.
There are an estimated 12.55 million internet users in Venezuela, up 6.2% in the last year, a share which now represents 42% of the national population.
In terms of broadband, subscribers to this service grew 13.5% in the last quarter of the year, and 41% of those subscribers chose wireless. Meanwhile, “dial up” internet services fell by 5.7%.
Last year saw 315,000 new subscribers to local phone services in Venezuela, which were up 4.3% in 2012. An estimated 93% of households nationwide have a home phone.
Venezuelans spent a total of 3.76 billion minutes on the phone and sent 59 million text messages in 2012.
The penetration of cell phone service is over 100% nationwide – meaning that there are more phones than people – and active subscribers to wireless plans grew 6% last year. There are 30.5 million cell phone users in Venezuela, and 93% use prepaid services.
Subscription television service in Venezuela was up 21.4% last year, reaching a total of 3.39 million clients. Some 280,000 new customers were added in the fourth quarter of 2012. Based on these figures, about 47% of all households in Venezuela now have paid television services. New, cheaper TV plans have been introduced in recent years as new service providers have entered the market.
YVKE Mundial/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ February 6, 2013