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Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
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Portugal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4808303
  • Report
  • March 2021
  • Region: Portugal
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Portugal Closing in on National Fibre Coverage

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Altice Portugal (MEO)
  • Cabovisão. Google
  • CTT
  • Lycamobile
  • Másmóvil
  • Nowo
  • MORE

EC opens infringement procedures against Portugal and other member states

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the country had seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures. Revenue among some operators remains under pressure, though investments in network upgrades are continuing in an effort to attract customers to high-end services.

Portugal's broadband penetration has grown steadily in recent years, largely the result of joint efforts between the regulator and the key market operators which have invested in significant infrastructure upgrades. These operators are focussed on fibre-based services, resulting in a migration of subscribers from DSL infrastructure. Under the ownership of the Altice Group, Altice Portugal is focussed on FttP, aiming to have covered 5.3 million premises by the end of 2020, and providing national coverage.

The cable sector has also shifted towards fibre, with the principal cableco NOS investing in fibre rather than DOCSIS upgrades. In addition, Vodafone Portugal provides fibre to about two-thirds of premises. Much of the growth in the fibre segment has resulted from shared infrastructure deals, including that between Vodafone and NOS. The government has also supported two open-access wholesale networks being built by dstelecom and Fibroglobal.

The mobile market is dominated by the incumbent Altice Portugal, though it is seeing increasing competition 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. In July 2020, for example, NOS launched its sub-brand WOO. Collectively, MVNOs have about 2.9% share of the market.

Population coverage by 3G infrastructure is universal, and most investment in the sector is being directed to LTE and 5G technologies. The MNOs have trialled 5G and are looking to launch commercial services later in 2021.

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. The report also covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, providing subscriber forecasts to 2026. In addition, the report profiles the mobile market, including statistics on network operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an analysis of mobile data services and technologies.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year, the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G have been postponed or slowed down in some countries.

Lockdown measures have caused a surge in people working and learning from home and making use of online platforms for entertainment. Fixed networks have gained importance and data usage has soared. This situation is likely to continue into the future as companies allow more employees to work from home after the pandemic has passed. Although Portugal has one of the highest FttP coverage rates in Europe, investment in fibre infrastructure is continuing.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:

  • Bidding in 5G auction completed for new entrants;
  • EC opens infringement procedures against 24 EU member states for failing to enact the European Electronic Communications Code into national legislation;
  • Competition Authority fines MEO 84 million for anti-competitive behaviour;
  • Másmóvil becomes sole shareholder of Nowo;
  • Fixed broadband internet traffic up 53% in the third quarter of 2020, FttP accounting for 53.8% of fixed broadband accesses;
  • Vodafone and NOS sign a network-sharing agreement, NOS sells towers to Cellnex;
  • EU to investigate whether the regulator's draft 5G auction terms contain state aid;
  • Altice Portugal assesses feasibility of tender for the installation of the undersea cables between the mainland, the Azores and Madeira;
  • Equiano (Google) submarine cable due for completion later in 2021;
  • Portugal aims for 90% LTE coverage in rural areas by 2025;
The report update includes the regulator's market data to Q3 2020, telcos' operating and financial data to December 2020, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Altice Portugal (MEO), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovisão. Google, Másmóvil, Oni Communications, Nowo, RedCLARA
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Altice Portugal (MEO)
  • Cabovisão. Google
  • CTT
  • Lycamobile
  • Másmóvil
  • Nowo
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Regional European Market Comparison
2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Subscribers
4.3 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historic overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile voice
7.4 Mobile data
7.5 Mobile broadband
7.6 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
7.7 Internet-of-Things (IoT)
7.8 Mobile infrastructure
7.9 Major mobile operators
7.10 Mobile content and applications

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
8.6 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Altice Portugal
9.3 Oni Communications
9.4 Sonaecom
9.5 AR Telecom
9.6 NOS
9.7 Vodafone

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 National telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure
10.3 Data centres

11 Appendix Historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Portugal 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in the number of pre-selection, call-by-call and VoIP connections 2009 2020
Table 3 Increase in fixed direct telephone customers and penetration 2011 2020
Table 4 Change in Altice Portugal's share of direct access customers 2011 2020
Table 5 Cumulative ported fixed-line and mobile numbers 2009 2020
Table 6 Multiband auction results 2012
Table 7 Roaming in call traffic volume and messages 2009 2020
Table 8 Change in the number of annual mobile number portings 2010 2018
Table 9 MTRs 2009 2012; 2016, 2018 - 2020
Table 10 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 11 Development of mobile sector revenue 2009 2019
Table 12 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 13 Change in mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid 2010 2020
Table 14 Decline in mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Table 15 Change in outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2010 2020
Table 16 Decline in SMS messages sent annually 2009 2020
Table 17 Decline in SMS messages per subscriber sent quarterly (Q4) 2010 2020
Table 18 Decline in the number of MMS messages per subscriber 2010 2019
Table 19 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 20 Development of mobile broadband revenue 2010 2019
Table 21 Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer 2010 2020
Table 22 Continuing strong growth in mobile internet traffic 2010 2020
Table 23 Strong growth in the number of M2M connections 2012 2020
Table 24 Evolution of MEO's mobile subscriber base 2010 2020
Table 25 Development of MEO's mobile revenue 2010 2020
Table 26 Change in MEO's revenue by quarter 2016 2020
Table 27 Change in the number of Vodafone Portugal's mobile subscribers, proportion prepaid 2010 2020
Table 28 Development of Vodafone Portugal's ARPU: prepaid, contract, blended 2010 2020
Table 29 Change in Vodafone Portugal's financial data (year to Mar) 2010 2021
Table 30 Evolution in NOS's mobile subscriber base 2009 2020
Table 31 Development of multi-play services revenue 2015 2020
Table 32 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Table 33 Evolution in broadband subscribers by access type 2008 2020
Table 34 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2008 2020
Table 35 Evolution of fixed broadband penetration by platform 2010 2019
Table 36 Share of fixed broadband accesses by operator 2010 2020
Table 37 Evolution of fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic 2008 2020
Table 38 Growth in the number of NOS's cable broadband subscribers 2009 2020
Table 39 Change in the number of MEO's broadband subscribers by platform 2012 2020
Table 40 Growth in the number of FttP/B connected premises 2010 2017
Table 41 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2008 2020
Table 42 Change in the number of Vodafone Portugal's fixed-line broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Table 43 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 2020
Table 44 Decline in fixed-telephony traffic 2010 2020
Table 45 Change in the share of fixed-line accesses by operator 2010 2020
Table 46 Change in the number of Altice Portugal's fixed accesses by sector 2012 2020
Table 47 Development of Altice Portugal's financial data 2014 2020
Table 48 Development of Altice Portugal's revenue by service 2010 2020
Table 49 Development of Sonaecom's financial data 2010 2020
Table 50 Development of NOS's financial data 2012 2020
Table 51 Change in the number of NOS's subscribers by platform 2009 2020
Table 52 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Table 53 Change in the number and type of analogue and digital access lines 2010 2020
Table 54 Change in the number of VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2009 2020
Table 55 International internet bandwidth 2006 2019
Table 56 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009
Table 57 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2000 2016
Table 58 Historic Fixed broadband subscribers by type 2000 2009
Table 59 Historic Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2008
Table 60 Historic Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format) 2010 2014
Table 61 Historic - Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2002 2009
Table 62 Historic Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate (Mb/s) 2010 2016
Table 63 Historic Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 2009
Table 64 Historic Accumulated mobile number portings 2002 2008
Table 65 Historic Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2002 2009
Table 66 Historic Mobile broadband revenue 2007 2015
Table 67 Historic Decline in Altice Portugal's share of direct access customers 2005 2009
Table 68 Historic Sonaecom financial data 2006 2009
Table 69 Historic Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 2012
Table 70 Historic Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) 2008 2012
Table 71 Historic Change in the number and type of analogue and digital access lines 2005 2009
Table 72 Historic International internet bandwidth 2006 2009
Table 73 Historic Evolution in broadband subscribers by access type 2000 2007
Table 74 Historic Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2000 2007
Table 75 Historic Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2002 2009
Table 76 Historic Evolution of fixed broadband penetration by platform 2002 2009
Table 77 Historic Steady market share among mobile operators 2004 2009
Table 78 Historic Steady market share among mobile operators 2006 2009
Table 79 Historic Long-term drop in 3G video calls and traffic 2007 2009
Table 80 Historic Continuing strong growth in mobile internet traffic 2007 2009
Table 81 Historic Decline in SMS messages per subscriber sent quarterly (Q4) 2007 2009
Table 82 Historic Decline in MMS messages per subscriber 2007 2009
Table 83 Historic Change in Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid 2006 2009
Table 84 Historic Change in Vodafone financial data in GBP (year to Mar) 2007 2016
Table 85 Historic Mobile broadband revenue 2007 2009
Table 86 Historic Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2003 2009

List of Charts
Chart 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 12 Southern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 13 Eastern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 Change in the number of pre-selection, call-by-call and VoIP connections 2009 2020
Chart 15 Increase in fixed direct telephone customers and penetration 2011 2020
Chart 16 Change in Altice Portugal's share of direct access customers 2010 2020
Chart 17 Roaming in call traffic volume and messages 2009 2020
Chart 18 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 19 Development of mobile sector revenue 2010 2019
Chart 20 Market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Chart 21 Change in mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid 2010 2020
Chart 22 Decline in mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Chart 23 Change in outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2010 2020
Chart 24 Decline in SMS messages sent annually 2010 2020
Chart 25 Decline in SMS messages per subscriber sent quarterly (Q4) 2010 2020
Chart 26 Decline in the number of MMS messages per subscriber 2010 2019
Chart 27 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 28 Development of mobile broadband revenue 2010 2019
Chart 29 Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer 2010 2020
Chart 30 Continuing strong growth in mobile internet traffic 2010 2020
Chart 31 Strong growth in the number of M2M connections 2012 2020
Chart 32 Evolution of MEO's mobile subscriber base 2010 2020
Chart 33 Development of MEO's mobile revenue 2010 2020
Chart 34 Change in MEO's revenue by quarter 2016 2020
Chart 35 Change in the number of Vodafone Portugal's mobile subscribers, proportion prepaid 2010 2020
Chart 36 Development of Vodafone Portugal's ARPU: prepaid, contract, blended 2010 2020
Chart 37 Change in Vodafone Portugal's financial data (year to Mar) 2010 2021
Chart 38 Evolution in NOS's mobile subscriber base 2009 2020
Chart 39 Development of multi-play services revenue 2015 2020
Chart 40 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2011 2026
Chart 41 Evolution in broadband subscribers by access type 2010 2020
Chart 42 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2010 2020
Chart 43 Evolution of fixed broadband penetration by platform 2010 2019
Chart 44 Share of fixed broadband accesses by operator 2013 2020
Chart 45 Evolution of fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic 2011 2020
Chart 46 Growth in the number of NOS's cable broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 47 Change in the number of MEO's broadband subscribers by platform 2012 2020
Chart 48 Growth in the number of FttP/B connected premises 2010 2017
Chart 49 Growth in the number of fibre broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 50 Change in the number of Vodafone Portugal's fixed-line broadband subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 51 Decline in fixed-telephony traffic 2010 2020
Chart 52 Change in the share of fixed-line accesses by operator 2010 2020
Chart 53 Change in the number of Altice Portugal's fixed accesses by sector 2012 2020
Chart 54 Development of Altice Portugal's financial data 2014 2020
Chart 55 Development of Altice Portugal's revenue by service 2010 2020
Chart 56 Development of Sonaecom's financial data 2010 2020
Chart 57 Development of NOS's financial data 2012 2020
Chart 58 Change in the number of NOS's subscribers by platform 2010 2020
Chart 59 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2011 2026
Chart 60 Change in the number and type of analogue and digital access lines 2010 2020
Chart 61 Change in the number of VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2010 2020

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Submarine cable network links to Portugal in 2021
Exhibit 3 2Africa landing stations
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  • Altice Portugal (MEO)
  • NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia)
  • Vodafone Portugal
  • CTT
  • Lycamobile
  • Sonaecom
  • Cabovisão. Google
  • Másmóvil
  • Oni Communications
  • Nowo
  • RedCLARA
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