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. During the last two years the country has shown signs of improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures as successive governments struggled with measures aimed at reducing high deficit. Revenue among operators remains under some strain, though investments in network upgrades are continuing in an effort to attract customers to high-end services. Operators are also increasingly looking at network sharing to reduce expenditure while widening their footprint reach.

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; Portugal Telecom planning to replace copper network with FttP by 2020; NOS eschews 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; Portugal Telecom revenue continues to recover into 2017 under Altice Group ownership; report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Portugal Telecom (Meo), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Overview
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historic overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Government policies
      • 5.3.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
    • 5.4 Interconnect
    • 5.5 Access
    • 5.6 Fibre access
    • 5.7 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • 5.8 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.9 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 – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2017 (9M)
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (Sep)
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 8 – Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Portugal Telecom’s share of direct access customers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Ported fixed-line numbers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Multiplay and telephony services revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 13 – Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Total fixed-telephony service revenue – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Fixed-telephony traffic – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Share of fixed-line access installations by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Portugal Telecom DSL-based consumer accesses and subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 21 – Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 22 – Portugal Telecom financial data – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 23 – Portugal Telecom revenue (under Altice) – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Sonaecom financial data (old format) – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 26 – Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 27 – NOS financial data – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 28 – NOS revenue by segment – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 29 – NOS subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Zon Multimédia subscribers by type (historic) – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 31 – Zon Multimédia financial data (historic) – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 32 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 33 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Fixed line telephony subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 36 – VoIP and mobile voice accesses – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 37 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Sonaecom financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – NOS subscribers by type – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital – 2004 – 2017

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Last updated 7 Mar 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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