Spain lost nearly 160,000 mobile lines in June but won 27,000 new lines (4.8%) for broadband Internet connections, making a total of 11.9 million high speed lines in the country, according to the latest report from Spain's telecoms market authority, CMT.
Mobile lines decreased 4.9% compared to the same month last year and fell again after May, which was the only month in a year to see growth. Around 61% of the 160,000 lost lines are from voice subscriptions, while the rest are from data.
According to CMT, the level of competition in Spain's telecoms market has increased, enabling customers to change providers; this has increased 39% compared to June 2012.
However, broadband connections are back on the growth path and gained 27,755 new lines during June, 4.8% more than last year. The new subscriptions are not with the cable companies, which lost nearly 20,000 clients, but with regular operators which, including Telefónica, saw over 45,000 new contracts.
Competition also continues to grow with regards to the Internet. Telefónica still has 47.88% of the market, but the other operators are climbing up to 34.09%, with 18% for the cable companies.