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Portugal - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

  • June 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 27 pages

Portugal has a medium-sized telecom market with a strong mobile sector and a growing broadband customer base well served by both the cable and DSL platforms. The development of digital-TV services has progressed under cautious regulatory guidance, with a licence for digital-service transmission awarded to Portugal Telecom in mid-2008. The difficult economic conditions have seen operator's domestic revenue fall in recent quarters, with Cogeco selling the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss. The market has also seen significant merger activity, with Sonaecom's Optimus division being merged with Zon Multimédia in mid-2013, becoming Zon Optimus. 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:
Zon Optimus rebrands as NOS; PT eliminates special rights granted to the government's golden shares; AR Telecom exits residential market; PT sold by Oi to the Altice Group for 7.4 billion; PT opens Europe's largest data centre; regulator's market data to Q4 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered include:
Meo (TMN), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone.

Table Of Contents

Portugal - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Portugal's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.2 Revised NFR
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 National Communications Authority
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Portugal
4.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal
4.4.2 Interconnect
4.4.3 Access
4.4.4 Fibre access
4.4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.4.6 Number Portability (NP)
4.4.7 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators in Portugal
5.1 Overview of operators
5.2 Portugal Telecom
5.2.1 Merger with Oi
5.3 Oni
5.4 Sonaecom
5.4.1 Novis
5.5 AR Telecom
5.5.1 Jazztel (historic)
5.6 NOS (Zon Optimus)
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
6.2 International infrastructure
6.3 Data centres
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market as proportion of GDP 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Telecom market investment 2004 - 2014
Table 10 Telecom retail revenue by service 2013 - 2014
Table 11 Average telecom revenue per user, by service 2013 - 2014
Table 12 Unbundled loops 2005 - 2012
Table 13 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 - 2013
Table 14 Portugal Telecom wholesale lines 2008 - 2011
Table 15 Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines 2004 - 2014
Table 16 Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers 2005 - 2014
Table 17 Ported fixed-line numbers 2001 - 2015
Table 19 Fixed-telephony service revenue and change, by sector 2012 - 2014
Table 20 Fixed-telephony service revenue change, by sector 2013 - 2014
Table 21 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2010 - 2014
Table 22 Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 - 2014
Table 23 Portugal Telecom domestic financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Table 24 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 - 2014
Table 25 Portugal Telecom financial data 2013 - 2014
Table 26 Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector 2006 - 2013
Table 27 Sonaecom financial data (old form) 2006 - 2012
Table 28 Sonaecom financial data (new structure) 2012 - 2015
Table 29 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Table 30 NOS financial data 2012 - 2014
Table 31 NOS subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 32 Zon Multimedia subscribers by type (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 33 Zon Multimedia financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 34 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 35 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 36 Fibre infrastructure 2007 - 2011
Table 37 VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 - 2014
Chart 1 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 2013
Chart 2 Portugal Telecom wholesale lines 2008 - 2011
Chart 3 Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 2014
Chart 4 Portugal Telecom financial data (old style) 2005 - 2011
Chart 5 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 2014
Chart 6 Sonaecom fixed-line financial data by sector 2006 2013
Chart 7 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2012
Chart 8 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Chart 9 Zon Multimedia subscribers by type (historic) 2007 2012
Chart 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2015
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

Companies Mentioned
Meo (TMN), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone.

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