Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - 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 few years the country has seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures. Revenue among some operators remains under some strain, though investments in network upgrades are continuing in an effort to attract customers to high-end services.

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 infrastructure. Under the ownership of the Altice Group, Altice Portugal is focussed on FttP, aiming to cover 5.3 million premises by 2020, and providing national coverage.

The cable sector has also shifted towards fibre, with the principal cableco NOS investing in fibre rather than DOCSIS upgrades. In addition, Vodafone Portugal provides fibre to about two-thirds of premises. Much of the growth in the fibre segment has resulted from shared infrastructure deals, including that between Vodafone and NOS. the government has also supported two open-access wholesale networks being built by dstelecom and Fibroglobal.

The mobile market is dominated by the incumbent Altice Portugal though it remains under pressure from the other network operators Vodafone Portugal and NOS. The MVNO market remains largely 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. Operators have trialled 5G technologies, with a view to launching commercial services in late 2020.

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. The report also covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, providing subscriber forecasts to 2023. In addition, the report profiles the mobile market, including statistics on network operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an analysis of mobile data services and technologies.

Key developments:

Altice Portugal ramps up fibre roll out, aiming for 5.3 million connected premises by 2020;
Vodafone developing on fibre-network sharing agreement with NOS, retails 1Gb/s devices for customers;
Fibre subscriber base grows 24% in 2018;
Regulator sets schedule for release of 700MHz spectrum for 5G use;
Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials;
Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;
Altice Portugal to replace copper network with FttP by 2020, reports continuing revenue growth in Q1 2019;
Regulator imposes wholesale tariff cuts for fibre access
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Altice Portugal (MEO), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovisão.


  • Executive Summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Portugal – 2018
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • Telecommunications market
    • OVERVIEW
  • Regulatory environment
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • FIBRE ACCESS
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Cumulative ported fixed-line numbers – 2009 – 2018
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-telephony service revenue – 2015 – 2018
      • Table Total fixed-telephony service revenue – 2012 – 2018
    • ALTICE PORTUGAL
    • 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
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed line telephony subscribers – 2011 – 2018
      • Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2006 – 2016
    • DATA CENTRES
  • Broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • NOS
      • Nowo (Cabovisão)
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • PT Portugal (MEO)
      • Sonaecom
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP)
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
      • Wireless broadband
  • Mobile communications
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
    • INTERNET-OF-THINGS (IOT)
    • MOBILE VOICE
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table Multiband auction results – 2012
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table MTRs – 2009 – 2012; 2016 – 2018
      • Network sharing
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MEO
      • Vodafone Portugal
      • NOS (Zon Optimus)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments
  • Appendix – Historic data
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 – 2009
    • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by type – 2000 – 2008
    • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2008
    • Table Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format) – 2010 – 2014
    • Table Historic - Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year – 2002 – 2009
    • 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
    • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2009
    • Table Accumulated mobile number portings – 2002 – 2008
    • Table Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2002 – 2009
    • Table Mobile broadband revenue – 2007 – 2015

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