The number of Vietnamese phone subscribers reached 127.8 million in May, a decrease of 11.1 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

15.5 million fixed subscribers and 112.3 million mobile phone subscribers made up the total number. The number of new subscribers during the first five months of 2011 reached 4.4 million, 24.4 percent of last year's figure.

GSO attributed the sharp fall in subscriber numbers to a decrease in pre-paid subscribers./.