Mobile internet usage in Bosnia booms in 2011.

By bne IntelliNews February 27, 2012
The mobile internet service in Bosnia boomed last year, mirroring the rise of smartphone users in the Balkan state, a survey of daily Nezavisne Novine among the country's three mobile operators showed. The biggest operator, BH Telecom, informed that some 60% of its mobile subscribers are using the mobile internet service at the moment. The company said the number of its registered mobile internet users jumped to 708,278 at the end of last year from 591,470 at end-2010 and 430,309 at end-2009. Banja Luka-based M:tel also said more and more of its subscribers use mobile internet. It registered a total of 300,000 mobile internet users at the end of last year, up from 160,000 at end-2010. The company's spokesperson, Aida Halilovic, was quoted as saying the trend is expected to continue this year as well. The third operator in Bosnia, Mostar-based HT Euronet, said some 25% of its consumers use its mobile internet service at the moment as this percentage has been constantly on the rise. The three operators stated they have been building up their 3G networks in order to provide customers with faster speed internet. Nezavisne also quoted a survey of GfK agency, carried out from May until July last year, showing that nearly every sixth Bosnian who owns a mobile telephone has a smartphone. This transliterates into a rate of 15.5%, which is above the average of 14.2% for the region of middle and east Europe.

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