Portugal - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
The Portuguese 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.
This report profiles Portugal’s mobile market, providing statistics on network operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an analysis of mobile data services.
Regulator sets reduced MTRs from July 2018;
Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials;
Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;
NOS trialling NB-IoT;
M-payment solution developments;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Meo (TMN, Portugal Telecom), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile.
Table of Contents
Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
Long-term Evolution (LTE)
Third Generation (3G) mobile
Short Message Service (SMS)
Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
GSM licence renewal
3G at 900MHz
2.6GHz and 800MHz
Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
Major mobile operators
NOS (Zon Optimus)
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
Mobile content and applications
List of Tables
Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 1999 – 2009
Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 2010 – 2019
Table 3 – Active mobile subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 – 2017
Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2004 – 2017
Table 5 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers (main players) – 2004 – 2017
Table 6 – Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2002 – 2017