Decline in telecom service prices at retail level
At retail level, the overall price level of telecom services fell by roughly three per cent in 2009 compared to the previous year. Since the general consumer price level hardly changed, the nominal and actual price level changes of telecom services equalled.
The overall price level of telecom services was strongly influenced by the fallen price level of mobile services, because for residential customers, its value in euros is clearly greater than that of the fixed network.
The price level of mobile telephone services fell by eight per cent. These services include voice, SMS and MMS messages. The price level of other data transmission in the mobile broadband and mobile network fell by more than seven per cent. Approximately 62 per cent of the money spent on telecom services went to mobile services.
The price level of fixed-line voice services rose by nearly 10 per cent. A significant reason for the rapid drop in the use of fixed-line telephone services were the risen prices of minute-based voice services. The price level of fixed-line data transmission services, mostly fixed-line broadband services, rose by nearly seven per cent. Approximately 38 per cent of the money spent on telecom services went to fixed-line services.