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Portugal - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Portugal - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base focussed on the delivery of fibre-based services. The country shows signs of emerging from several years in which it suffered from poor economic conditions resulting from the GFC of 2008 and 2009. While the economy is showing slight improvement operators' domestic revenue is still under strain. During the last few years pressure on operators has prompted considerable ownership changes. Cogeco sold the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss, while Sonaecom's Optimus division was merged with Zon Multimédia in mid-2013, becoming Zon Optimus before being rebranded as NOS in 2014. The incumbent Portugal Telecom, following a poorly managed link up with the Brazilian telco Oi and a disastrous investment in a failed bank, was sold to Altice Group, a deal which also saw Altice obliged to sell the cableco Cabovisão as well as Oni Telecom.

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:

New cable to link Portugal with Brazil; PT announces plan to replace copper network with FttP by 2020; NOS avoids route to DOCSIS3.1 in favour of fibre; regulator decides not to impose regulations of PT's fibre infrastructure in uncompetitive areas of the country; PT revenue recovers in Q4 2016 under Altice Group ownership; PT opens Europe's largest data centre; 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), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Revised NFR
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Government policies
5.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
5.5 Interconnect
5.6 Access
5.7 Fibre access
5.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.9 Number Portability (NP)
5.10 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Portugal Telecom
6.3 Oni Communications
6.4 Sonaecom
6.4.1 Novis
6.5 AR Telecom
6.5.1 Jazztel (historic)
6.6 NOS
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
7.2 International infrastructure
7.3 Data centres
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2016
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines 2004 - 2016
Table 10 Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers 2005 - 2016
Table 11 Ported fixed-line numbers 2001 - 2017
Table 12 Multiplay and telephony services revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 13 Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) 2007 - 2010
Table 14 Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector 2012 - 2016
Table 15 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 16 Fixed-telephony traffic 2012 - 2016
Table 17 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) 2010 - 2014
Table 18 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2012 - 2016
Table 19 Portugal Telecom DSL-based consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 - 2015
Table 21 Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Table 22 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 - 2014
Table 23 Portugal Telecom financial data 2013 - 2014
Table 24 Portugal Telecom (under Altice) revenue 2014 - 2016
Table 25 Sonaecom financial data 2006 - 2016
Table 26 Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 - 2012
Table 27 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) 2008 - 2012
Table 28 NOS financial data 2012 - 2016
Table 29 NOS revenue by segment 2014 - 2016
Table 30 NOS subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 31 Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 32 Zon Multimédia financial data (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 33 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 34 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 35 Fixed line telephony subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 36 VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 - 2016
Table 37 International internet bandwidth 2001 - 2015
Chart 1 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 2016
Chart 2 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2016
Chart 3 NOS subscribers by type 2012 2016
Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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