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

  • March 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 25 pages

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's difficult economic conditions have seen operators' domestic revenue fall in recent quarters. This has resulted in considerable ownership changes in the market. Cogeco sold the flagging Cabovisão in early 2012 for a considerable loss. Sonaecom's Optimus division was merged with Zon Multimédia in mid-2013, becoming Zon Optimus before being rebranded as NOS. 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; 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; report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Meo (TMN), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimédia), Vodafone.

Table Of Contents

Portugal - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
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 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market investment 2004 - 2015
Table 9 Telecom retail revenue by service 2013 - 2015
Table 10 Average telecom revenue per user, by service 2013 - 2014
Table 11 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed telephone customers, access type and shared access lines 2004 - 2015
Table 13 Portugal Telecom's share of direct access customers 2005 - 2015
Table 14 Ported fixed-line numbers 2001 - 2015
Table 15 Multiplay and telephony services revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 16 Fixed-line revenue: subscription, traffic (historic) 2007 - 2010
Table 17 Fixed-telephony service revenue, by sector 2012 - 2015
Table 18 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 19 Fixed-telephony service revenue change, by sector 2013 - 2015
Table 20 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator (old format) 2010 - 2014
Table 21 Share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2012 - 2015
Table 22 Portugal Telecom consumer accesses and subscribers by sector 2009 - 2015
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 Portugal Telecom (under Altice) revenue 2014 - 2015
Table 27 Sonaecom financial data 2006 - 2015
Table 28 Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 - 2012
Table 29 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Table 30 NOS financial data 2012 - 2015
Table 31 NOS revenue by segment 2014 - 2015
Table 32 NOS subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 33 Zon Multimedia subscribers by type (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 34 Zon Multimedia financial data (historic0 2007 - 2012
Table 35 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 36 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2016
Table 37 VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 Number and type of access lines: analogue and digital 2004 2015
Chart 2 Portugal Telecom domestic revenue by segment 2010 2014
Chart 3 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2015
Chart 4 NOS subscribers by type 2012 2015
Chart 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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