The Mexican telecom sector grew 11.2% during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period last year, reported Cofetel, the country’s telecom regulator. The rate is a little bit higher than 2010′s average growth of 10.5%.
Satellite television was the sector which registered the greatest growth: 48.2% during the period. Mobile telephony traffic, which is measured in minutes, presented 14.6% of growth and international long-distance traffic grew 12.9%.
Cofetel also pointed out that during the second quarter, fixed-telephony declined by 319,000 lines. Despite the decline, the total number of subscribers is 19.6 million, which is 0.6% more than in the same period for 2010. There are 17.5 lines per 100 habitants. Mobile lines reached 95.7 million and penetration reached 85.2%. From April to June, there were 2,000,000 net additional subscribers.
The sectors that recorded declines in their growth rates were: national long-distance, TV microwave, paging and provision of satellite capacity. National long-distance calls declined 2.1% from the second quarter 2010.