Malta increasingly connected to
digital world, figures reveal
released by the National Statistics Office yesterday show that Malta
is becoming more and more connected to the digital world with each passing
Evidencing this is the fact that Internet subscriptions have gone up
22 per cent, live mobile subscriptions have risen by 15.1 per cent,
satellite dish use has grown by 21.9 per cent and the new Voice Over
Internet Protocol (VOIP) telephone services have grown by a staggering
112.7 per cent.
Over this years second quarter, between April and June, the number
of Internet subscriptions in Malta rose by 22 per cent, or 12,964 and
reached a grand total of 71,404. Now 17.9 per cent of the population
is connected to the world wide web, as compared to just 14.8 a year
In June this year, the number of mobile subscriptions reached a peak
of 275,156, representing an increase of 36,034 or 15.1 per cent over
the same quarter last year.
As of the end of June, mobile phone subscriptions rose
to no less than 69.1 per cent. Moreover, this data has been revised
in order to consider only the actual live subscriptions rather than
the existing or previously used mobile numbers.
With the liberalisation of the international telephony came a number
of companies offering VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) international
telephone connectivity. Statistics collected from firms having VOIP
service reveal that as at the close of June 2,386,431 minutes were consumed,
up from 1,106,549 minutes from March 2003. With its 112.7 per cent increase,
the sector is growing rapidly, raking in an estimated (at 3c per minute)
revenue for the period of Lm71,600.
Cable television subscriptions edged upwards slightly by 2.2 per cent
to 95,107 when compared to 93,039 of last years second quarter.
As such the ratio of cable subscriptions per 100 population rose to
23.9 from 23.5 a year ago. However, a comparison between June 2003 and
March 2003 point to a decrease of 1,133 subscriptions.
At the same time, the number of satellite receiver licenses went up
by 2,876 to 16,031 in June 2003, or 21.9 per cent when compared to the
second quarter last year. Four per cent of the population now watch
television by means of a satellite receivers.
However, decreases of 7.7 per cent and 12.5 per cent were noted in pager
subscriptions and in the number of two-way radio licenses respectively.
Figures also show there are a total of 175 public coin phones, 1,685
public card phones and 207,694 working exchange phone lines.