Cape Verde: Telecommunications sector accounts for 5 pct of GDP

9 October 2008

Praia, Cape Verde, 9 Oct – The telecommunications sector accounts for 5 percent of Cape Verde’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to electronic communications market indicators published by the telecoms market regulator, Agência Nacional das Comunicações (ANAC).

According to those figures, cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, the total number of installed fixed-line telephones in the first half was 71,983, corresponding to a market penetration of 14.4 percent.

The number of subscribers in the fixed-line market has stayed practically unchanged since 2003, remaining at around 72,000.

In relation to mobile telephony, figures point to a total of 207,610 subscribers in the first half of 2008.

The Internet saw a rise of 54.74 percent in ADSL services provided.

Paid subscription television had 2,805 subscribers, which is a rise of 348.08 percent against the same period of the previous year and 106.40 percent against the second half of 2007. (macauhub)