Mexico's telecommunications industry grew 13.4 percent in the first half of 2012, compared to the same period last year, thanks to a strong performance by long-distance telephony, satellite television and mobile telephony, the Federal Telecommunications Commission, or Cofetel, said.

The industry grew much faster during the period than the overall economy, which expanded at a 4.3 percent rate in the January-June period, the Cofetel said.

Incoming long-distance telephone service grew 28.3 percent in the April-June period, marking the fastest growth since 2006 as a result of the strength in the U.S. economy, where 95 percent of incoming calls originate.

Satellite television grew 25 percent in the second quarter, thanks to expanded competition.

Mobile telephony grew 19.5 percent in terms of minutes, reaching 97.6 million subscribers, an increase of 1.98 million subscribers compared to the same period in 2011.

The penetration rate for cell phone service reached 86.9 percent, the Cofetel said.

Broadband service also posted strong growth, with the number of subscribers rising from 5.6 million on June 30, 2011, to 9.7 million as of June 30, 2012, a growth rate of 73.9 percent, the Federal Telecommunications Commission said.

Landline service, however, continues to yield ground to mobile telephony, with the number of fixed lines in service reaching 20.7 million as of June 30, up only 0.7 percent compared to the figure a year earlier.

Cable television operators have been grabbing a bigger share of the landline business by bundling it in packages marketed to customers.

Mexico currently has 17.9 landlines per 100 people. EFE