Portugal - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Synopsis

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base well served by both the cable and DSL platforms. The development of digital-TV services has progressed under cautious regulatory guidance, with a licence for digital-service transmission awarded to Portugal Telecom in mid-2008. The difficult economic conditions have seen operator’s domestic revenue fall in recent quarters, with Cogeco selling the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss. The market has also seen significant merger activity, with Sonaecom’s Optimus division being merged with Zon Multimédia in mid-2013, becoming Zon Optimus. 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:

Zon Optimus rebrands as NOS; PT eliminates special rights granted to the government’s golden shares; AR Telecom exits residential market; PT sold by Oi to the Altice Group for €7.4 billion; PT opens Europe’s largest data centre; regulator’s market data to Q4 2014; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered include:

Meo (TMN), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Overview of Portugal’s telecom market
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 History
    • 4.2 Revised NFR
    • 4.3 Regulatory authority
      • 4.3.1 National Communications Authority
    • 4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Portugal
      • 4.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
      • 4.4.2 Interconnect
      • 4.4.3 Access
      • 4.4.4 Fibre access
      • 4.4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
      • 4.4.6 Number Portability (NP)
      • 4.4.7 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • 5. Fixed network operators in Portugal
    • 5.1 Overview of operators
    • 5.2 Portugal Telecom
      • 5.2.1 Merger with Oi
    • 5.3 Oni
    • 5.4 Sonaecom
      • 5.4.1 Novis
    • 5.5 AR Telecom
      • 5.5.1 Jazztel (historic)
    • 5.6 NOS (Zon Optimus)
  • 6. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 6.1 National telecom network
      • 6.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • 6.2 International infrastructure
    • 6.3 Data centres
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2014 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2014 (e)
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2015 (e)
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2015 (e)
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2014
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2015 (e)
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 8 – Telecom market as proportion of GDP – 2006 - 2014
  • Table 9 – Telecom market investment – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 10 – Telecom retail revenue by service – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Average telecom revenue per user, by service – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 12 – Unbundled loops – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 13 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 14 – Portugal Telecom wholesale lines – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 15 – Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Portugal Telecom’s share of direct access customers – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Ported fixed-line numbers – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 18 – Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 19 – Fixed-telephony service revenue and change, by sector – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Fixed-telephony service revenue change, by sector – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 22 – Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 23 – Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 24 – Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 25 – Portugal Telecom financial data – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 26 – Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 27 – Sonaecom financial data (old form) – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 28 – Sonaecom financial data (new structure) – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 29 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 30 – NOS financial data – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 31 – NOS subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 32 – Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 33 – Zon Multimédia financial data – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 34 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 35 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 36 – Fibre infrastructure – 2007 - 2011
  • Table 37 – VoIP and mobile voice accesses – 2013 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 – 2013
  • Chart 2 – Portugal Telecom wholesale lines – 2008 - 2011
  • Chart 3 – Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2014
  • Chart 4 – Portugal Telecom financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Chart 5 – Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment – 2010 – 2014
  • Chart 6 – Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector – 2006 – 2013
  • Chart 7 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 – 2012
  • Chart 8 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
  • Chart 9 – Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) – 2007 – 2012
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop

Focus Report profile

Technologies

Regulations & Government Policies
Telecoms Infrastructure

Number of pages: 27

Status: Current

Last update: 04 June 2015
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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