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

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. During the last two years the country has shown signs of improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures as successive governments struggled with measures aimed at reducing high deficit. Revenue among operators remains under some strain, though investments in network upgrades are continuing in an effort to attract customers to high-end services. Operators are also increasingly looking at network sharing to reduce expenditure while widening their footprint reach.

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; Portugal Telecom planning to replace copper network with FttP by 2020; NOS eschews 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; Portugal Telecom revenue continues to recover into 2017 under Altice Group ownership; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Portugal Telecom (Meo), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Government policies
5.3.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
5.4 Interconnect
5.5 Access
5.6 Fibre access
5.7 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.8 Number Portability (NP)
5.9 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 2017
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2017 (9M)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2017 (Sep)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines 2004 - 2017
Table 9 Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers 2005 - 2017
Table 10 Ported fixed-line numbers 2001 - 2018
Table 11 Multiplay and telephony services revenue 2012 - 2017
Table 12 Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) 2007 - 2010
Table 13 Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector 2012 - 2017
Table 14 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 15 Fixed-telephony traffic 2012 - 2017
Table 16 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) 2010 - 2014
Table 17 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2012 - 2017
Table 18 Portugal Telecom DSL-based consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 - 2017
Table 20 Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Table 21 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 - 2014
Table 22 Portugal Telecom financial data 2013 - 2014
Table 23 Portugal Telecom revenue (under Altice) 2014 - 2017
Table 24 Sonaecom financial data 2006 - 2017
Table 25 Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 - 2012
Table 26 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) 2008 - 2012
Table 27 NOS financial data 2012 - 2017
Table 28 NOS revenue by segment 2014 - 2017
Table 29 NOS subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 30 Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 31 Zon Multimédia financial data (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 32 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 33 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 34 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 - 2017
Table 35 Fixed line telephony subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 36 VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 - 2017
Table 37 International internet bandwidth 2001 - 2016
Chart 1 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2017
Chart 2 NOS subscribers by type 2012 2017
Chart 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2018
Chart 4 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 2017

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