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Portugal - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analysis

Portugal - Broadband Market - Insights, Statistics and Analysis

Portugal's broadband penetration is considerably lower than the European average, though the efforts of a capable and robust regulator coupled with infrastructure upgrades in both the cable and DSL sectors have narrowed the gap during the last two years. Cable has showed strong growth in recent years, partly through the efforts of the rebranded dominant operator NOS (formerly Zon Optimus). The incumbent, Portugal Telecom, and its subsidiaries control most of the DSL market, but new regulatory provisions have granted easier and cheaper access for alternative ISPs.

All operators have focussed on increasing broadband speed, while the regulator has encouraged and maintained the impetus for local loop unbundling. The fibre market remains underdeveloped, though regulatory measures coupled with substantial investments planned by the major operators should see significant growth in coming years. This report profiles Portugal's fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing key statistics on the retail and wholesale sectors as well as subscriber forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Altice puts Cabovisão up for sale; Vodafone signs fibre-network sharing agreement with Portugal Telecom, prepares to retail 1Gb/s devises for customers; fibre sector showing strongest growth, accounting for 75% of all new subscribers; regulator's market data to Q4 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered include:

Portugal Telecom, Sonaecom, Cabovisão, Vodafone, NOS (Zon Optimus).


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.2 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2015; 2017; 2020
2.2.1 Scenario 1 higher broadband subscriber growth
2.2.2 Scenario 2 lower broadband subscriber growth
2.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Cable modems
3.1 Zon Multimédia
3.2 NOS (Zon Optimus)
3.3 Cabovisão
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Portugal Telecom
4.2 Sonaecom
4.3 ADSL2+
4.4 Wholesale
4.4.1 Naked DSL
4.5 Wholesale prices and retail price difference
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Sonaecom
5.2 NOS
5.3 Portugal Telecom
5.4 Vodafone
6. Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
7. Mobile broadband
8. Wireless broadband
8.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
8.2 WiFi
9. Related reports
Table 1 Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type 2005 - 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line internet revenue 2008 2011
Table 3 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2007 - 2014
Table 4 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 - 2014
Table 5 Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2002 - 2014
Table 6 Broadband penetration by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 7 Share of broadband accesses by operator 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed-line broadband traffic 2008 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer 2008 - 2013
Table 10 Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate 2010 - 2013
Table 11 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 12 Forecast broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 13 ZON Multimédia cable broadband subscribers (historic) 2004 - 2012
Table 14 NOS broadband subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 15 Portugal Telecom DSL broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 16 Sonaecom broadband subscribers 2008 - 2012
Table 17 Sonaecom equipped exchanges 2008 - 2011
Table 18 Portugal Telecom wholesale accesses 2004 - 2011
Table 19 FttX subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 20 Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 22 Mobile broadband devices 2010 - 2014
Table 23 Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems) 2010 - 2014
Table 24 Mobile broadband traffic 2007 - 2014
Table 25 Mobile broadband revenue 2007 - 2014
Chart 1 - Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2007 - 2014
Chart 3 Total broadband subscribers by type 2000 2014
Chart 4 Broadband penetration by sector 2007 2014
Chart 5 Portugal Telecom wholesale accesses 2004 2011
Chart 6 Mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014

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