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Portugal - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Portugal - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base well served by both the cable and DSL platforms. The development of digital-TV services has progressed under cautious regulatory guidance, with a licence for digital-service transmission awarded to Portugal Telecom in mid-2008. The difficult economic conditions have seen operator's domestic revenue fall in recent quarters, with Cogeco selling the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss. The market has also seen significant merger activity, with Sonaecom's Optimus division being merged with ZON Multimedia in mid-2013, becoming ZON Optimus. This report introduces the major elements of the Portuguese telecom market, presenting statistics on the fixed telephony sector as well as an analysis of the major market players. Additional information is provided on the key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection.

Key developments:

PT eliminates special rights granted to the government's golden shares; AR Telecom exits residential market; ZON Multimedia and Optimus merge; PT starts process to merge with the Brazilian telco Oi; PT opens Europe's largest data centre; regulator's market data to Q3 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2013; market developments to January 2014.

Companies covered include:

TMN, Optimus, Vodafone, ZON Multimedia.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Portugal's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.2 Revised NFR
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 National Communications Authority
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Portugal
4.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
4.4.2 Interconnect
4.4.3 Access
4.4.4 Fibre access
4.4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.4.6 Number Portability (NP)
4.4.7 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators in Portugal
5.1 Overview of operators
5.2 Portugal Telecom
5.2.1 Merger with Oi
5.3 Oni
5.4 Sonaecom
5.4.1 Novis
5.5 AR Telecom
5.5.1 Jazztel (historic)
5.6 ZON Optimus
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.2 International infrastructure
6.3 Data centres
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2012
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014 9e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014 (4e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market as proportion of GDP 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Telecom market investment 2004 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom market revenue 2000 - 2014
Table 11 Unbundled loops 2005 - 2012
Table 12 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2005 - 2012
Table 13 Portugal Telecom wholesale lines 2008 - 2011
Table 14 Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines 2004 - 2013
Table 15 Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers 2005 - 2013
Table 16 Cumulative fixed-line numbers ported 2003 - 2013
Table 17 Fixed-line revenue, by type 2007 - 2012
Table 18 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2010 - 2013
Table 19 Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 - 2013
Table 20 Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Table 21 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 - 2013
Table 22 Portugal Telecom Group financial data 2010 - 2013
Table 23 Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector 2006 - 2013
Table 24 Sonaecom financial data 2006 - 2012
Table 25 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Table 26 ZON Optimus financial data 2012 - 2013
Table 27 ZON Optimus subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 28 ZON Multimédia subscribers by type 2007 - 2012
Table 29 ZON Multimédia financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 30 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 31 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 32 Fibre infrastructure 2007 - 2011
Chart 1 Portugal Telecom wholesale lines 2008 - 2011
Chart 2 Fixed-line revenue, by type 2007 - 2012
Chart 3 Portugal Telecom financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Chart 4 Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector 2006 2012
Chart 5 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2012
Chart 6 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Chart 7 ZON Multimédia subscribers by type 2007 2012
Chart 8 ZON Multimédia financial data 2007 - 2012
Chart 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2014
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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