Portugal - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base focussed on the delivery of fibre-based services. The country shows signs of emerging from several years in which it suffered from poor economic conditions resulting from the GFC of 2008 and 2009. While the economy is showing slight improvement operators’ domestic revenue is still under strain. During the last few years pressure on operators has prompted considerable ownership changes. Cogeco sold the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss, while Sonaecom’s Optimus division was merged with Zon Multimédia in mid-2013, becoming Zon Optimus before being rebranded as NOS in 2014. The incumbent Portugal Telecom, following a poorly managed link up with the Brazilian telco Oi and a disastrous investment in a failed bank, was sold to Altice Group, a deal which also saw Altice obliged to sell the cableco Cabovisão as well as Oni Telecom.

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:

New cable to link Portugal with Brazil; PT announces plan to replace copper network with FttP by 2020; NOS avoids route to DOCSIS3.1 in favour of fibre; regulator decides not to impose regulations of PT’s fibre infrastructure in uncompetitive areas of the country; PT revenue recovers in Q4 2016 under Altice Group ownership; PT opens Europe’s largest data centre; 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), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historic overview
    • 5.2 Revised NFR
    • 5.3 Regulatory authority
    • 5.4 Government policies
      • 5.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
    • 5.5 Interconnect
    • 5.6 Access
    • 5.7 Fibre access
    • 5.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 5.9 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.10 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Portugal Telecom
    • 6.3 Oni Communications
    • 6.4 Sonaecom
      • 6.4.1 Novis
    • 6.5 AR Telecom
      • 6.5.1 Jazztel (historic)
    • 6.6 NOS
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
    • 7.3 Data centres
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2016
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 8 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Portugal Telecom’s share of direct access customers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Ported fixed-line numbers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Multiplay and telephony services revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 14 – Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Total fixed-telephony service revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Fixed-telephony traffic – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 18 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Portugal Telecom DSL-based consumer accesses and subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 22 – Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 23 – Portugal Telecom financial data – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 24 – Portugal Telecom (under Altice) revenue – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Sonaecom financial data (old format) – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 27 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 28 – NOS financial data – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 29 – NOS revenue by segment – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 30 – NOS subscribers – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 31 – Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 32 – Zon Multimédia financial data (historic) – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 33 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 34 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Fixed line telephony subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 36 – VoIP and mobile voice accesses – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 37 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – NOS subscribers by type – 2012 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – EU – The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
  • Exhibit 2 – Access and the local loop

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Last updated 12 Apr 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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