Portugal - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
The Portuguese mobile market is dominated by the incumbent Altice Portugal, owned by Altice Group and operating under the MEO moniker, although it remains under pressure from the other network operators Vodafone Portugal and NOS. The MVNO market remains largely 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. Operators have trialled 5G technologies, with a view to launching commercial services in late 2020.
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 schedule for release of 700MHz spectrum for 5G use;
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 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
MEO (TMN, Portugal Telecom), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile.
Table of Contents
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
Appendix – Historic data
List of Tables
Table 1 – Multiband auction results – 2012
Table 2 – MTRs – 2009 – 2012; 2016 – 2018
Table 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2009
Table 4 – Accumulated mobile number portings – 2002 – 2008
Table 5 – Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2002 – 2009
Table 6 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2007 – 2015
List of Charts
Chart 1 – Evolution of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2023
Chart 2 – Development of mobile sector revenue – 2015 – 2018
Chart 3 – Steady market share among mobile operators – 2004 – 2018
Chart 4 – Change in outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2009 – 2018
Chart 5 – Change in mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid – 20010 – 2018
Chart 6 – Decline in mobile ARPU – 2010 – 2019
Chart 7 – Long-term drop in 3G video calls and traffic – 2007 – 2017