Portugal - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Synopsis

Portugal’s broadband penetration is considerably lower than the European average, though the efforts of a capable and robust regulator coupled with infrastructure upgrades in both the cable and DSL sectors have narrowed the gap during the last two years. Cable has showed strong growth in recent years, partly through the efforts of the rebranded dominant operator Zon Optimus (formerly Zon Multimédia). The incumbent, Portugal Telecom, and its subsidiaries control most of the DSL market, but new regulatory provisions have granted easier and cheaper access for alternative ISPs.

All operators have focussed on increasing broadband speed, while the regulator has encouraged and maintained the impetus for local loop unbundling. The fibre market remains underdeveloped, though regulatory measures coupled with substantial investments planned by the major operators should see significant growth in coming years. This report profiles Portugal’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing key statistics on the retail and wholesale sectors as well as subscriber forecasts to 2020.

Key developments:

Vodafone signs fibre-network sharing agreement with Portugal Telecom; Fibre sector showing strongest growth, accounting for 75% of all new subscribers; Cogeco sells Cabovisão for €45 million; regulator’s market data to Q4 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2014; market developments to mid-2014.

Companies covered include:

Portugal Telecom, Sonaecom, Cabovisão, Vodafone, ZON Multimedia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview
    • 2.1 Broadband statistics
  • 3. Cable modems
    • 3.1 Zon Multimédia
    • 3.2 Zon Optimus
    • 3.3 Cabovisão
  • 4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
    • 4.1 Portugal Telecom
    • 4.2 Sonaecom
    • 4.3 ADSL2+
    • 4.4 Wholesale
      • 4.4.1 Naked DSL
    • 4.5 Wholesale prices and retail price difference
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Sonaecom
    • 5.2 Zon Multimédia
    • 5.3 Portugal Telecom
    • 5.4 Vodafone
  • 6. Broadband over Powerline (BPL)
  • 7. Mobile broadband
  • 8. Wireless broadband
    • 8.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • 8.2 WiFi
  • 9. Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2012; 2020
    • 9.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
    • 9.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
    • 9.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line internet revenue – 2008 – 2011
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line internet revenue and change, by sector – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 4 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 5 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year – 2002 - 2013
  • Table 7 – Broadband penetration by sector – 2007 - 2013
  • Table 8 – Share of broadband accesses by operator – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line broadband traffic – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 11 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 12 – ZON Multimédia cable broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2012
  • Table 13 – Zon Optimus broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 14 – Portugal Telecom DSL broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Sonaecom broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 16 – Sonaecom equipped exchanges – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 17 – Portugal Telecom wholesale accesses – 2004 - 2011
  • Table 18 – FttX subscribers – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 19 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 20 – Mobile broadband devices – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 21 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems) – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Mobile broadband traffic – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 23 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 24 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
  • Table 25 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
  • Chart 1 - Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type – 2005 - 2013
  • Chart 2 – Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type – 2007 - 2013
  • Chart 3 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2000 – 2014
  • Chart 4 – Broadband penetration by sector – 2007 – 2013
  • Chart 5 – Portugal Telecom wholesale accesses – 2004 – 2011
  • Chart 6 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2013

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