Ukrainian incumbent Ukrtelecom has reported on its website that its fixed broadband subscriber base increased by a net 20,000 in the third quarter of 2013 to reach a total of 1.626 million high speed lines in service at the end of September. It added that the number of broadband subscribers increased ‘by 87,000’ since the start of the year, although it previously reported an end-2012 total of 1.543 million, giving a year-to-date net growth of 83,000 broadband connections. Ukrtelecom said it is confident of continuing to lead the fixed internet access segment helped by its ‘transparent tariff policy’. At the same time however, its fixed line telephony subscriber base is shrinking, as local fixed access lines reportedly dropped by around 145,000 in the third quarter of 2013, and roughly 400,000 in the year-to-date, leaving Ukrtelecom with around 8.9 million remaining lines.
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