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
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
4. Mobile infrastructure
4.1 Digital networks
4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
4.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Internet-of-Things (IoT)
7. Mobile voice
8. Mobile data
8.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
8.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9. Mobile broadband
10. Regulatory issues
10.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
10.1.1 GSM licence renewal
10.1.3 3G at 900MHz
10.1.7 2.6GHz and 800MHz
10.2.1 Data roaming
10.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
10.5 Network sharing
11. Major mobile operators
11.2 Vodafone Portugal
11.3 NOS (Zon Optimus)
11.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
12. Mobile content and applications
12.1 Location-based services
12.3 Mobile TV
13. Related reports
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
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