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Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2017 (9M)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (Sep)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • GOVERNMENT POLICIES
      • Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • FIBRE ACCESS
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers - 2005 - 2017
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Ported fixed-line numbers - 2001 - 2018
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Multiplay and telephony services revenue - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) - 2007 - 2010
      • Table Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Total fixed-telephony service revenue - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-telephony traffic - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Share of fixed-line access installations by operator - 2012 - 2017
    • PORTUGAL TELECOM
      • Table Portugal Telecom DSL-based consumer accesses and subscribers by sector - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Portugal Telecom fibre-based RGUs - 2015 - 2017
      • Table Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Portugal Telecom financial data - 2013 - 2014
      • Table Portugal Telecom revenue (under Altice) - 2014 - 2017
    • ONI COMMUNICATIONS
    • SONAECOM
      • Table Sonaecom financial data - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Sonaecom financial data (old format) - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) - 2008 - 2012
      • Novis
    • AR TELECOM
      • Jazztel (historic)
    • NOS
      • Table NOS financial data - 2012 - 2017
      • Table NOS revenue by segment - 2014 - 2017
      • Table NOS subscribers - 2012 - 2017
      • Table Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Zon Multimédia financial data (historic) - 2007 - 2012
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Fixed line telephony subscribers - 2011 - 2017
      • Table VoIP and mobile voice accesses - 2013 - 2017
      • Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2001 - 2016
    • DATA CENTRES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line internet revenue - 2015 - 2017
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by type - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by sector - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Share of broadband accesses by operator (new format) - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate (Mb/s) - 2011 - 2016
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers -2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable DOCSIS3.0 connected premises - 2010 - 2017
      • NOS
        • Table NOS cable broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2017
      • Nowo (Cabovisao)
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Portugal Telecom (Meo)
        • Table Portugal Telecom DSL subscribers - 2006 - 2017
      • Sonaecom
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP)
      • Table FttP/B connected premises - 2010 - 2017
      • Table FttX subscribers - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Portugal Telecom fibred premises and subscribers - 2015 - 2017
      • Table Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
      • Wireless broadband
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Active mobile subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile sector revenue - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Mobile operators' market share of subscribers (main players) - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid - 2003 - 2017
        • Table Average revenue per mobile subscriber - 2013 - 2017
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Mobile internet sessions and traffic - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of mobile subscribers using instant messaging - 2013 - 2017
        • Table SMS messages sent annually - 2004 - 2017
        • Table SMS messages sent per user per month - 2010 - 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2007 - 2017
        • Table MMS messages sent per user per month - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband devices - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband revenue - 2007 - 2015
        • Table NOS mobile data use per subscriber - 2012 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Multiband auction results - 2012
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Roaming in call traffic volume and messages - 2003 - 2017
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile number portings - 2002 - 2018
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs - 2009 - 2012; 2016 - 2018
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
        • Table 3G video calls and traffic data - 2007 - 2017
        • Table 3G mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2017
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5G
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M subscriptions - 2012 - 2017
      • Table M2M sessions and traffic - 2013 - 2017
    • INTERNET-OF-THINGS (IOT)
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Meo
        • Table Meo residential ARPU and data percentage - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Meo subscribers - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Meo mobile revenue - 2010 - 2017
      • Vodafone Portugal
        • Table Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Vodafone financial data - 2007 - 2018
      • NOS (Zon Optimus)
        • Table NOS blended mobile ARPU - 2014 - 2017
        • Table NOS mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Optimus operational statistics - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Historic - Optimus financial data - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Historic - Optimus revenue by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • M-payments
      • Mobile TV
        • Table Mobile TV sessions and traffic - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017

Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Portuguese telcos looking to complete national fibre networks by 2020

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. Investments in network upgrades are continuing in an effort to attract customers to high-end services, while operators have also increasingly looked at network sharing to reduce expenditure while widening their footprint reach. In general terms the country during the last two years has shown signs of improving economic growth, which is helping to stimulate customer spend on telecom services.

The mobile market is 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. The MVNO market remains undeveloped, partly because network operators have their own low-cost brands. Collectively, MVNOs have about 2.1% share of the market.

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.

Portugal’s broadband penetration has grown steadily in recent years, largely the result of joint efforts between the regulator and the key market operators which have invested in significant infrastructure upgrades. These operators are also focussed on fibre-based services, resulting in a migration of subscribers from DSL to fibre. Portugal Telecom is aiming to cover 5.3 million premises with FttP by 2020, providing national coverage. The cable sector has also shifted towards fibre, with the principal cableco NOS investing in fibre rather than cable upgrades. In addition, Vodafone Portugal provides fibre to about two-thirds of premises. Vodafone and NOS recently signed an agreement to share fibre infrastructure, which pushed Vodafone’s addressable market to some four million premises. As a result of these efforts DSL is no longer the dominant platform for broadband access.

This report introduces the major elements of the Portuguese telecom market, presenting statistics on the fixed telephony sector as well as analyses on 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. This report also assesses the mobile market, providing statistics on network operators, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an assessment of mobile data services. In addition the report profiles the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, providing key statistics on the retail and wholesale sectors as well as subscriber forecasts to 2023.

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;

Portugal Telecom revenue continues to recover into 2017 under Altice Group ownership;

Regulator sets reduced MTRs from July 2018;

Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials;

Continuing decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;

NOS trialling NB-IoT; m-payment solution developments;

Meo ramps up fibre roll out, aiming for 5.3 million connected premises by 2020;

Vodafone signs fibre-network sharing agreement with NOS;

Fibre subscriber base grows 28% in the year to September 2017;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Portugal Telecom (Meo), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovisão


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