Portugal - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The Portuguese mobile market is dominated by the incumbent Portugal Telecom, owned by Altice Group and operating as Meo, followed by Vodafone and NOS. The market share held by Meo has fallen steadily in recent years. The MVNO market remains 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. Altice Labs in February 2017 began working with Ericsson to develop 5G services and applications.

This report profiles Portugal’s mobile market, providing statistics on network operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, a snapshot of the consumer market, and an analysis of mobile data services.

Key developments:

  • Regulator sets reduced MTRs from July 2018;
  • Vodafone achieves 1Gb/s downlink speeds in LTE-A trials;
  • Decline in SMS traffic in wake of messaging alternatives;
  • NOS trialling NB-IoT;
  • M-payment solution developments;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q4 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Meo (TMN, Portugal Telecom), NOS (Optimus, Zon Multimedia), Vodafone Portugal, CTT, Lycamobile.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 Digital networks
    • 4.2 5G
    • 4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 4.4 Third Generation (3G) mobile
  • 5. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 6. Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • 7. Mobile voice
  • 8. Mobile data
    • 8.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 8.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • 9. Mobile broadband
  • 10. Regulatory issues
    • 10.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 10.1.1 GSM licence renewal
      • 10.1.2 3G
      • 10.1.3 3G at 900MHz
      • 10.1.4 450MHz
      • 10.1.5 800MHz
      • 10.1.6 3.4GHz
      • 10.1.7 2.6GHz and 800MHz
    • 10.2 Roaming
      • 10.2.1 Data roaming
    • 10.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 10.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 10.5 Network sharing
  • 11. Major mobile operators
    • 11.1 Meo
    • 11.2 Vodafone Portugal
    • 11.3 NOS (Zon Optimus)
    • 11.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 12. Mobile content and applications
    • 12.1 Location-based services
    • 12.2 M-payments
    • 12.3 Mobile TV
  • 13. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration (regulator data) – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 3 – Active mobile subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile sector revenue – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile operators’ market share of subscribers (main players) – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Outgoing mobile calls and traffic volume – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Average revenue per mobile subscriber – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 10 – 3G video calls and traffic data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 11 – 3G mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 12 – M2M subscriptions – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 13 – M2M sessions and traffic – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Mobile internet sessions and traffic – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Proportion of mobile subscribers using instant messaging – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 16 – SMS messages sent annually – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 17 – SMS messages sent per user per month – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 18 – MMS messages sent – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 19 – MMS messages sent per user per month – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Mobile broadband devices – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator (cards/modems) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 24 – Mobile broadband revenue – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 25 – NOS mobile data use per subscriber – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Principal mobile broadband use among subscribers – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Multiband auction results – 2012
  • Table 28 – European roaming charges – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 29 – Roaming in call traffic volume and messages – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 30 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Accumulated mobile number portings – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 32 – MTRs – 2009 – 2012; 2016 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Meo residential ARPU and data percentage – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Meo subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Meo mobile revenue – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Altice Portugal mobile revenue – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Altice Portugal revenue by quarter – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Vodafone Portugal subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Vodafone financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 41 – NOS blended mobile ARPU – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 42 – NOS mobile subscribers – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Historic - Optimus operational statistics – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 44 – Historic - Optimus financial data – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 45 – Historic - Optimus revenue by type – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 46 – Mobile TV sessions and traffic – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Mobile TV subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Active mobile subscribers and SIM penetration rate (regulator data) – 2003 - 2019
  • Chart 2 – Mobile operators’ market share – 2004 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile prepaid subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – 3G video calls and traffic data – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Chart 6 – Roaming in call traffic volume and messages – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Vodafone monthly ARPU: prepaid, contract and blended – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 8 – Vodafone financial data (year to Mar) – 2007 - 2018

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Number of pages 35

Status Current

Last updated 8 Jun 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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