Portugal - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Despite some consolidation among players the Portuguese mobile market remains dominated by the incumbent Portugal Telecom, owned by Altice Group and operating as Meo, followed by Vodafone and NOS. The market share held by Meo has fallen steadily in recent years, to below 44% by early 2017. The MVNO market remains undeveloped, partly because network operators have their own low-cost brands. Collectively, MVNOs have about 1.7% share of the market by subscribers.
Population coverage by 3G infrastructure is universal and so most investment has been directed to LTE and to incremental upgrades to network infrastructure. Altice Labs in February 2017 began working with Ericsson to develop 5G services and applications.
This report profiles Portugal's mobile market, providing statistics on network operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an analysis of mobile data services such as SMS, Push-to-Talk and mobile TV as also developments in technologies and their adoption among consumers.
Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials, provides 90% LTE population coverage; decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives; NOS network used for NB-IoT trials; m-payment solution developments; TMN rebranded as Meo; financial constraints putting pressure on consumer spend for high-end telecom services; Lycamobile launches mobile services; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Meo (TMN, Portugal Telecom), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile.