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Portuguese telcos focussed on replacing copper with fibre infrastructure

Portugal's medium-sized telecom market has 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 which dented telecom revenue. Although operators' domestic revenue is still under strain, there are encouraging signs of developing growth. Under the management of the Altice Group, revenue for Portugal Telecom increased 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2016, the first such increase in several years.

Pressure on operators has prompted considerable ownership changes in recent years. The market is now dominated by only a few players, including Portugal Telecom (with services marketed under the Meo brand), NOS (formerly Zon Multim�dia) and Vodafone Portugal.

Despite some consolidation among players the Portuguese mobile market remains dominated by Portugal Telecom, followed by Vodafone and NOS. The market share held by Meo has fallen steadily in recent years, to below 44% by early 2017. The MVNO market remains undeveloped, partly because network operators have their own low-cost brands. Collectively, MVNOs have about 1.7% share of the market by subscribers.

Population coverage by 3G infrastructure is universal and so most investment has been directed to LTE and to incremental upgrades to network infrastructure. Altice Labs in February 2017 began working with Ericsson to develop 5G services and applications.

In recent years broadband penetration has grown rapidly, largely the result of joint efforts between the regulator and the key market operators which have invested in significant infrastructure upgrades focussed on fibre-based services. Portugal Telecom is aiming to cover 5.3 million premises with fibre by 2020. NOS and Vodafone Portugal are also pursuing fibre.

This report reviews 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 converged media, including statistics on videostreaming and bundled services as well as an analysis of the major players and service offerings. In addition the report profiles the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets as well as the mobile voice and data markets, assessing network operators and the key regulatory issues. Subscriber forecasts are provided to 2022.

Key developments:

New cable to link Portugal with Brazil;

PT to replace copper network with FttP by 2020;

NOS avoids route to DOCSIS3.1 in preference for 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;

Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials;

Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;

NOS network used for NB-IoT trials;

Vodafone retails 1Gb/s devises for customers;

Fibre showing strongest growth in broadband sector, accounting for 75% of all new subscribers;

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:

Portugal Telecom (Meo, TMN), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multim�dia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovis�o.


Table Of Content


1. Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market

3. Regulatory environment

3.1 Historic overview

3.2 Revised NFR

3.3 Regulatory authority

3.4 Government policies

3.4.1 Privatisation of Telecom Portugal

3.5 Interconnect

3.6 Access

3.7 Fibre access

3.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)

3.9 Number Portability (NP)

3.10 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)

4. Fixed network operators

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Portugal Telecom

4.3 Oni Communications

4.4 Sonaecom

4.4.1 Novis

4.5 AR Telecom

4.5.1 Jazztel (historic)

4.6 NOS

5. Telecommunications infrastructure

5.1 National telecom network

5.1.1 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)

5.2 International infrastructure

5.3 Data centres

6. Broadband market

6.1 Introduction and statistical overview

6.1.1 Market analysis

6.1.2 Broadband statistics

6.1.3 Forecasts-broadband subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

6.2.1 NOS

6.2.2 Nowo (Cabovis�o)

6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

6.3.1 Portugal Telecom (Meo)

6.3.2 Sonaecom

6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

6.4.1 Sonaecom

6.4.2 NOS

6.4.3 Portugal Telecom

6.4.4 Vodafone Portugal

6.5 Other fixed broadband services

6.5.1 Broadband over Powerline (BPL)

6.5.2 Wireless broadband

6.6 Competition issues

6.6.1 Wholesale

6.6.2 Naked DSL

7. Digital media

7.1 Overview

7.2 Key general trends

7.3 Bundeld services

7.4 Digital TV (DTV)

7.4.1 Introduction

7.4.2 Videostreaming

7.4.3 Communications: VoIP

7.4.4 Cable TV (CATV)

7.4.5 Satellite-based digital pay-TV developments

7.4.6 Digital Terrestrial TV

8. Mobile communications

8.1 Market analysis

8.2 Mobile statistics

8.2.1 General statistics

8.2.2 Mobile voice

8.2.3 Mobile data

8.2.4 Forecasts-mobile subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

8.3 Regulatory issues

8.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions

8.3.2 Roaming

8.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

8.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

8.3.5 Network sharing

8.4 Mobile infrastructure

8.4.1 Digital networks

8.4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile

8.4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)

8.4.4 5G

8.4.5 Other infrastructure developments

8.4.6 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

8.4.7 Internet-of-Things (IoT)

8.5 Major mobile operators

8.5.1 Meo

8.5.2 Vodafone Portugal

8.5.3 NOS (Zon Optimus)

8.5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

8.6 Mobile content and applications

8.6.1 Location-based services

8.6.2 Other developments

8.6.3 M-payments

8.6.4 Mobile TV

8.7 Mobile handsets

List Of Figure

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

Chart 5-Fixed-line internet revenue-2014-2016

Chart 6-Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type-2007-2016

Chart 7-Total broadband subscribers by type-2000-2016

Chart 8-Broadband penetration by sector-2007-2016

Chart 9-Subscribers to bundled services-2011-2016

Chart 10-NOS triple-play subscribers-2007-2016

Chart 11-TV accesses by platform-2011-2016

Chart 12-Active mobile subscribers and SIM penetration rate (regulator data)-2003-2018

Chart 13-Mobile operators� market share-2004-2016

Chart 14-Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid-2003-2016

Chart 15-Mobile broadband subscribers-2010-2016

Chart 16-Roaming in call traffic volume and messages-2003-2016

Chart 17-3G video calls and traffic data-2007-2016

Chart 18-Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended-2005-2016

Chart 19-Vodafone financial data (year to Mar)-2007-2017

Exhibit 1-EU-The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)


List Of Table

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 20-Portugal Telecom fibre-based RGUs-2015-2016

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 Multim�dia subscribers by type (historic)-2007-2012

Table 32-Zon Multim�dia 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

Table 38-Fixed-line internet subscribers by access type-2005-2016

Table 39-Fixed-line internet revenue-2014-2016

Table 40-Historic-Internet users and penetration-2000-2009

Table 41-Internet users and penetration-2010-2018

Table 42-Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type-2007-2016

Table 43-Fixed broadband subscribers by type-2000-2016

Table 44-Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year-2002-2016

Table 45-Broadband penetration by sector-2007-2016

Table 46-Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format)-2010-2014

Table 47-Share of broadband accesses by operator (new format)-2011-2016

Table 48-Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic-2008-2016

Table 49-Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer-2008-2016

Table 50-Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate (Mb/s)-2011-2016

Table 51-Forecast broadband subscribers-higher market growth scenario-2018; 2020; 2022

Table 52-Cable DOCSIS3.0 connected premises-2010-2016

Table 53-NOS cable broadband subscribers-2004-2016

Table 54-Portugal Telecom DSL broadband subscribers-2006-2016

Table 55-FttP/B connected premises-2010-2016

Table 56-FttX subscribers-2008-2016

Table 57-Portugal Telecom fibred premises and subscribers-2015-2016

Table 58-Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers-2012-2016

Table 59-Portugal Telecom wholesale accesses (historic)-2004-2011

Table 60-Subscribers to bundled services (old style)-2007-2013

Table 61-Bundled services subscribers by type-2011-2016

Table 62-Proportion of bundles by type-2014-2016

Table 63-Bundled services market revenue by type-2014-2016

Table 64-Bundled services average revenue per subscriber-2014-2016

Table 65-NOS bundled services subscribers-2007-2016

Table 66-Bundled services market share by subscribers-2011-2016

Table 67-Penetration of bundled services by type-2011-2016

Table 68-Revenue from subscription TV services-2014-2016

Table 69-TV accesses by platform-2002-2016

Table 70-IPTV subscribers-2009-2015

Table 71-Portugal Telecom pay-TV subscribers-2008-2016

Table 72-Market share of DSL TV subscribers by operator-2011-2016

Table 73-Penetration of IPTV (FttP) subscribers by type-2010-2016

Table 74-FttH/B IPTV subscribers-2007-2016

Table 75-Market share of fibre TV subscribers by operator-2011-2016

Table 76-VoIP subscribers-2010-2016

Table 77-Nomadic VoIP subscribers-2006-2016

Table 78-Cable TV subscriber share by operator-2004-2016

Table 79-CATV subscribers-2008-2016

Table 80-Cabled households-2000-2016

Table 81-Penetration of TV cable subscribers by type-2010-2016

Table 82-NOS (Zon Optimus) cable and broadband TV subscribers-2007-2015

Table 83-Satellite TV subscriber households-1998-2016

Table 84-Market share of DTH subscriptions by operator-2011-2016

Table 85-Penetration of DHT subscribers by type-2010-2016

Table 86-Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data)-1999-2009

Table 87-Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data)-2010-2018

Table 88-Active mobile subscribers (regulator data)-2014-2016

Table 89-Mobile sector revenue-2004-2016

Table 90-Mobile operators' market share of subscribers (main players)-2004-2016

Table 91-Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume-2002-2016

Table 92-Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid-2003-2016

Table 93-Average revenue per mobile subscriber-2013-2016

Table 94-Mobile internet sessions and traffic-2007-2016

Table 95-Proportion of mobile subscribers using instant messaging-2013-2016

Table 96-SMS messages sent annually-2004-2016

Table 97-SMS messages sent per user per month-2010-2016

Table 98-Premium SMS messages sent-2010-2016

Table 99-MMS messages sent-2007-2016

Table 100-MMS messages sent per user per month-2010-2016

Table 101-Active mobile broadband subscribers-2010-2016

Table 102-Mobile broadband devices-2010-2016

Table 103-Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems)-2010-2015

Table 104-Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator-2011-2016

Table 105-Mobile broadband revenue-2007-2015

Table 106-NOS mobile data use per subscriber-2012-2015

Table 107-Forecast mobile subscribers-2018; 2020; 2022

Table 108-Multiband auction results-2012

Table 109-Roaming in call traffic volume and messages-2003-2016

Table 110-European roaming charges-2007-2016

Table 111-European data roaming charges-2012-2016

Table 112-Accumulated mobile number portings-2002-2017

Table 113-MTRs-2009-2012

Table 114-3G video calls and traffic data-2007-2016

Table 115-3G mobile subscribers-2011-2016

Table 116-M2M subscriptions-2012-2016

Table 117-M2M sessions and traffic-2013-2016

Table 118-Meo residential ARPU and data percentage-2006-2016

Table 119-Meo subscribers-2006-2016

Table 120-Meo mobile revenue-2010-2016

Table 121-Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid-2006-2016

Table 122-Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended-2005-2016

Table 123-Vodafone financial data-2007-2017

Table 124-NOS blended mobile ARPU-2014-2016

Table 125-NOS mobile subscribers-2003-2016

Table 126-Historic-Optimus operational statistics-2006-2012

Table 127-Historic-Optimus financial data-2006-2012

Table 128-Historic-Optimus revenue by type-2006-2012

Table 129-Mobile TV sessions and traffic-2010-2016

Table 130-Mobile TV subscribers-2010-2016

Table 131-Mobile TV revenue-2007-2011

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