Portugal - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Despite some consolidation among players the Portuguese mobile market remains 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, to below 44% by early 2017. The MVNO market remains undeveloped, partly because network operators have their own low-cost brands. Collectively, MVNOs have about 1.7% share of the market by subscribers.

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 such as SMS, Push-to-Talk and mobile TV as also developments in technologies and their adoption among consumers.

Key developments:

Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials, provides 90% LTE population coverage; decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives; NOS network used for NB-IoT trials; m-payment solution developments; TMN rebranded as Meo; financial constraints putting pressure on consumer spend for high-end telecom services; Lycamobile launches mobile services; report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Meo (TMN, Portugal Telecom), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • 3.3.3 Mobile broadband
    • 3.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 GSM licence renewal
      • 4.1.2 3G
      • 4.1.3 3G at 900MHz
      • 4.1.4 450MHz
      • 4.1.5 800MHz
      • 4.1.6 3.4GHz
      • 4.1.7 2.6GHz and 800MHz
    • 4.2 Roaming
      • 4.2.1 Data roaming
    • 4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.5 Network sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
    • 5.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 5.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 5.4 5G
    • 5.5 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.5.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 5.5.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 5.5.3 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 5.5.4 Evolved HSPA (HSPA+)
      • 5.5.5 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
      • 5.5.6 Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
      • 5.5.7 TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio)
    • 5.6 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 5.7 Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Meo
    • 6.2 Vodafone Portugal
    • 6.3 NOS (Zon Optimus)
      • 6.3.1 Optimus
    • 6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Location-based services
    • 7.2 Other developments
    • 7.3 M-payments
    • 7.4 Mobile TV
  • 8. Mobile handsets
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Active mobile subscribers (regulator data) – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers (main players) – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Average revenue per mobile subscriber – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Mobile internet sessions and traffic – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Proportion of mobile subscribers using instant messaging – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 11 – SMS messages sent annually – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 12 – SMS messages sent per user per month – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Premium SMS messages sent – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 14 – MMS messages sent – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 15 – MMS messages sent per user per month – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Mobile broadband devices – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 21 – NOS mobile data use per subscriber – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 23 – Multiband auction results – 2012
  • Table 24 – Roaming in call traffic volume and messages – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 25 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 26 – European data roaming charges – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 27 – Accumulated mobile number portings – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 28 – MTRs – 2009 - 2012
  • Table 29 – 3G video calls and traffic data – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 30 – 3G mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 31 – M2M subscriptions – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 32 – M2M sessions and traffic – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Meo residential ARPU and data percentage – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 34 – Meo subscribers – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 35 – Meo mobile revenue – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 36 – Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 37 – Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 38 – Vodafone financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 39 – NOS blended mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 40 – NOS mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 41 – Historic - Optimus operational statistics – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 42 – Historic - Optimus financial data – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 43 – Historic - Optimus revenue by type – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 44 – Mobile TV sessions and traffic – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 45 – Mobile TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 46 – Mobile TV revenue – 2007 - 2011
  • Chart 1 – Active mobile subscribers and SIM penetration rate (regulator data) – 2003 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2004 - 2016
  • Chart 3 – Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2003 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Chart 5 – Roaming in call traffic volume and messages – 2003 - 2016
  • Chart 6 – 3G video calls and traffic data – 2007 - 2016
  • Chart 7 – Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended – 2005 - 2016
  • Chart 8 – Vodafone financial data (year to Mar) – 2007 - 2017

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Status Current

Last updated 12 Apr 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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