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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 Multimedia 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:

PT eliminates special rights granted to the government’s golden shares; AR Telecom exits residential market; ZON Multimedia and Optimus merge; PT starts process to merge with the Brazilian telco Oi; PT opens Europe’s largest data centre; regulator’s market data to Q3 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2013; market developments to January 2014.

Companies covered include:

TMN, Optimus, Vodafone, ZON Multimedia.

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 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 – 2013 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2014 9e)
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2013 (e)
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2014 (e)
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2014 (4e)
  • 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 market revenue – 2000 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Unbundled loops – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 12 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2005 - 2012
  • Table 13 – Portugal Telecom wholesale lines – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 14 – Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 15 – Portugal Telecom’s share of direct access customers – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 16 – Cumulative fixed-line numbers ported – 2003 - 2013
  • Table 17 – Fixed-line revenue, by type – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 18 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 19 – Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 20 – Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 21 – Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Portugal Telecom Group financial data – 2010 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 24 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 25 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 26 – ZON Optimus financial data – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 27 – ZON Optimus subscribers – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 28 – ZON Multimédia subscribers by type – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 29 – ZON Multimédia financial data – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 30 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 31 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 32 – Fibre infrastructure – 2007 - 2011
  • Chart 1 – Portugal Telecom wholesale lines – 2008 - 2011
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line revenue, by type – 2007 - 2012
  • Chart 3 – Portugal Telecom financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Chart 4 – Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector – 2006 – 2012
  • Chart 5 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 – 2012
  • Chart 6 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector – 2008 - 2012
  • Chart 7 – ZON Multimédia subscribers by type – 2007 – 2012
  • Chart 8 – ZON Multimédia financial data – 2007 - 2012
  • Chart 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2014
  • 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: 24

Status: Current

Last update: 22 January 2014
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Author: Henry Lancaster

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