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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 few years the country has seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures. Revenue among some operators remains under some strain, 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 also 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 cover 5.3 million premises by 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 remains under pressure 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. Collectively, MVNOs have about 2.1% share of the market.

Population coverage by 3G infrastructure is universal and so most investment has been directed to LTE and to incremental upgrades to network infrastructure. Operators have trialled 5G technologies, with a view to launching commercial services in late 2020.

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 2023. 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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having 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 may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

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:

Altice Portugal ramps up fibre roll out, aiming for 5.3 million connected premises by 2020;

Vodafone developing on fibre-network sharing agreement with NOS, retails 1Gb/s devices for customers;

Fibre subscriber base grows 24% in 2018;

Regulator sets schedule for release of 700MHz spectrum for 5G use;

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

Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;

Altice Portugal to replace copper network with FttP by 2020, reports continuing revenue growth in Q1 2019;

Regulator imposes wholesale tariff cuts for fibre access

Report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2019, 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 Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovisao.

Henry LancasterJuly 2019

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Overview

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Privatisation

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 Altice Portugal

6.3 Oni Communications

6.4 Sonaecom

6.5 AR Telecom

6.6 NOS

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Data centres

8 Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile infrastructure

9.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

9.5 Internet-of-Things (IoT)

9.6 Mobile voice

9.7 Mobile data

9.8 Mobile broadband

9.9 Regulatory issues

9.10 Major mobile operators

9.11 Mobile content and applications

10 Appendix Historic data

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Portugal 2018

Table 2 Cumulative ported fixed-line numbers 2009 2018

Table 3 Fixed-telephony service revenue 2015 2018

Table 4 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 2018

Table 5 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2017

Table 6 Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 2012

Table 7 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) 2008 2012

Table 8 Fixed line telephony subscribers 2011 2018

Table 9 International internet bandwidth 2006 2016

Table 10 Multiband auction results 2012

Table 11 MTRs 2009 2012; 2016 2018

Table 12 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009

Table 13 Historic-Internet users and penetration 2000 2009

Table 14 Fixed broadband subscribers by type 2000 2008

Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2008

Table 16 Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format) 2010 2014

Table 17 Historic-Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2002 2009

Table 18 Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer 2008 2017

Table 19 Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate (Mb/s) 2011 2016

Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 2009

Table 21 Accumulated mobile number portings 2002 2008

Table 22 Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2002 2009

Table 23 Mobile broadband revenue 2007 2015

Chart 1 Change in pre-selection, call-by-call and VoIP connections 2009 2018

Chart 2 Increase in fixed direct telephone customers and penetration 2009 2018

Chart 3 Decline in Altice Portugal's share of direct access customers 2005 2018

Chart 4 Change in multiplay services revenue 2015 2018

Chart 5 Decline in fixed-telephony traffic 2012 2018

Chart 6 Evolution in the share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2012 2018

Chart 7 Change in Altice Portugal's fixed accesses by sector 2017 2019

Chart 8 Development of Altice Portugal's financials 2014 2019

Chart 9 Altice Portugal's revenue by service 2017 2019

Chart 10 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2017

Chart 11 Evolution of NOS financial data 2012 2019

Chart 12 Change in NOS subscriber base by platform 2012 2019

Chart 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2020

Chart 14 Change in the number and type of analogue and digital access lines 2005 2018

Chart 15 Development of VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 2018

Chart 16 Fixed-line multiplay revenue 2015 2018

Chart 17 Development of fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration 2009 2023

Chart 18 Evolution in broadband subscribers by access type 2009 2018

Chart 19 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2007 2018

Chart 20 Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2009 2018

Chart 21 Evolution of fixed broadband penetration by platform 2007 2018

Chart 22 Share of broadband accesses by operator (new format) 2011 2018

Chart 23 Evolution of fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic 2008 2018

Chart 24 Cable DOCSIS3.0 connected premises 2010 2017

Chart 25 Growth in NOS cable broadband subscribers 2004 2019

Chart 26 Change in MEO broadband subscribers by platform 2016 2019

Chart 27 Growth in FttP/B connected premises 2010 2017

Chart 28 Growth in the number of FttX subscribers 2008 2018

Chart 29 Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Chart 30 Evolution of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2023

Chart 31 Development of mobile sector revenue 2015 2018

Chart 32 Steady market share among mobile operators 2004 2018

Chart 33 Change in outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2009 2018

Chart 34 Change in mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid 20010 2018

Chart 35 Decline in mobile ARPU 2010 2019

Chart 36 Long-term drop in 3G video calls and traffic 2007 2017

Chart 37 Strong growth in M2M subscriptions 2012 2018

Chart 38 M2M sessions and traffic 2013 2017

Chart 39 Continuing strong growth in mobile internet traffic 2007 2018

Chart 40 Decline in SMS messages sent annually 2009 2018

Chart 41 Decline in SMS messages per subscriber sent quarterly (Q4) 2007 2018

Chart 42 Decline in MMS messages per subscriber 2007 2017

Chart 43 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2023

Chart 44 Roaming in call traffic volume and messages 2009 2018

Chart 45 Evolution of MEO's mobile subscriber base 2006 2019

Chart 46 Change in MEO's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Chart 47 Change in MEO's revenue by quarter 2016 2019

Chart 48 Change in Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid 2006 2019

Chart 49 Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended 2009 2019

Chart 50 Change in Vodafone financial data (year to Mar) 2007 2019

Chart 51 Evolution in NOS's mobile subscriber base 2009 2019

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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 few years the country has seen improving economic growth, following several years of austerity measures. Revenue among some operators remains under some strain, 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 also 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 cover 5.3 million premises by 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 remains under pressure 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. Collectively, MVNOs have about 2.1% share of the market.

Population coverage by 3G infrastructure is universal and so most investment has been directed to LTE and to incremental upgrades to network infrastructure. Operators have trialled 5G technologies, with a view to launching commercial services in late 2020.

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 2023. 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.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having 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 may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

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:

Altice Portugal ramps up fibre roll out, aiming for 5.3 million connected premises by 2020;

Vodafone developing on fibre-network sharing agreement with NOS, retails 1Gb/s devices for customers;

Fibre subscriber base grows 24% in 2018;

Regulator sets schedule for release of 700MHz spectrum for 5G use;

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

Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;

Altice Portugal to replace copper network with FttP by 2020, reports continuing revenue growth in Q1 2019;

Regulator imposes wholesale tariff cuts for fibre access

Report update includes the regulator's market data to Q4 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2019, 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 Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile, Sonaecom, Cabovisao.

Henry LancasterJuly 2019

READ MORE

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Overview

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Privatisation

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 Altice Portugal

6.3 Oni Communications

6.4 Sonaecom

6.5 AR Telecom

6.6 NOS

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 National telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Data centres

8 Broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

8.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

8.5 Other fixed broadband services

9 Mobile communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.3 Mobile infrastructure

9.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)

9.5 Internet-of-Things (IoT)

9.6 Mobile voice

9.7 Mobile data

9.8 Mobile broadband

9.9 Regulatory issues

9.10 Major mobile operators

9.11 Mobile content and applications

10 Appendix Historic data

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Portugal 2018

Table 2 Cumulative ported fixed-line numbers 2009 2018

Table 3 Fixed-telephony service revenue 2015 2018

Table 4 Total fixed-telephony service revenue 2012 2018

Table 5 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2017

Table 6 Sonaecom financial data (old format) 2006 2012

Table 7 Sonaecom fixed-line subscribers by sector (historic) 2008 2012

Table 8 Fixed line telephony subscribers 2011 2018

Table 9 International internet bandwidth 2006 2016

Table 10 Multiband auction results 2012

Table 11 MTRs 2009 2012; 2016 2018

Table 12 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009

Table 13 Historic-Internet users and penetration 2000 2009

Table 14 Fixed broadband subscribers by type 2000 2008

Table 15 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2008

Table 16 Share of broadband accesses by operator (old format) 2010 2014

Table 17 Historic-Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2002 2009

Table 18 Fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic per month per customer 2008 2017

Table 19 Proportion of broadband subscribers by data rate (Mb/s) 2011 2016

Table 20 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 2009

Table 21 Accumulated mobile number portings 2002 2008

Table 22 Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2002 2009

Table 23 Mobile broadband revenue 2007 2015

Chart 1 Change in pre-selection, call-by-call and VoIP connections 2009 2018

Chart 2 Increase in fixed direct telephone customers and penetration 2009 2018

Chart 3 Decline in Altice Portugal's share of direct access customers 2005 2018

Chart 4 Change in multiplay services revenue 2015 2018

Chart 5 Decline in fixed-telephony traffic 2012 2018

Chart 6 Evolution in the share of fixed-line access installations by operator 2012 2018

Chart 7 Change in Altice Portugal's fixed accesses by sector 2017 2019

Chart 8 Development of Altice Portugal's financials 2014 2019

Chart 9 Altice Portugal's revenue by service 2017 2019

Chart 10 Sonaecom financial data 2006 2017

Chart 11 Evolution of NOS financial data 2012 2019

Chart 12 Change in NOS subscriber base by platform 2012 2019

Chart 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2020

Chart 14 Change in the number and type of analogue and digital access lines 2005 2018

Chart 15 Development of VoIP and mobile voice accesses 2013 2018

Chart 16 Fixed-line multiplay revenue 2015 2018

Chart 17 Development of fixed broadband subscriber growth and penetration 2009 2023

Chart 18 Evolution in broadband subscribers by access type 2009 2018

Chart 19 Proportion of broadband subscribers by access type 2007 2018

Chart 20 Broadband subscriber annual change year-on-year 2009 2018

Chart 21 Evolution of fixed broadband penetration by platform 2007 2018

Chart 22 Share of broadband accesses by operator (new format) 2011 2018

Chart 23 Evolution of fixed-line and mobile broadband traffic 2008 2018

Chart 24 Cable DOCSIS3.0 connected premises 2010 2017

Chart 25 Growth in NOS cable broadband subscribers 2004 2019

Chart 26 Change in MEO broadband subscribers by platform 2016 2019

Chart 27 Growth in FttP/B connected premises 2010 2017

Chart 28 Growth in the number of FttX subscribers 2008 2018

Chart 29 Vodafone fixed-line broadband subscribers 2012 2019

Chart 30 Evolution of mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2023

Chart 31 Development of mobile sector revenue 2015 2018

Chart 32 Steady market share among mobile operators 2004 2018

Chart 33 Change in outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume 2009 2018

Chart 34 Change in mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid 20010 2018

Chart 35 Decline in mobile ARPU 2010 2019

Chart 36 Long-term drop in 3G video calls and traffic 2007 2017

Chart 37 Strong growth in M2M subscriptions 2012 2018

Chart 38 M2M sessions and traffic 2013 2017

Chart 39 Continuing strong growth in mobile internet traffic 2007 2018

Chart 40 Decline in SMS messages sent annually 2009 2018

Chart 41 Decline in SMS messages per subscriber sent quarterly (Q4) 2007 2018

Chart 42 Decline in MMS messages per subscriber 2007 2017

Chart 43 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2023

Chart 44 Roaming in call traffic volume and messages 2009 2018

Chart 45 Evolution of MEO's mobile subscriber base 2006 2019

Chart 46 Change in MEO's mobile revenue 2010 2019

Chart 47 Change in MEO's revenue by quarter 2016 2019

Chart 48 Change in Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid 2006 2019

Chart 49 Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended 2009 2019

Chart 50 Change in Vodafone financial data (year to Mar) 2007 2019

Chart 51 Evolution in NOS's mobile subscriber base 2009 2019

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