18 Mar 2011
Portuguese regulatory authority Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes (ANACOM) has announced that the country ended 2010 with a total of 2.075 million broadband subscribers, up 11.3% from 2.022 million a year earlier. In terms of access technology, ADSL continues to provide the lion’s share of connections, with 1,069,489 at end-2010, equivalent to 51.5% of the broadband market. In contrast, cable services now account for 852,302 connections (41.1%), up 13.6% year-on-year. The remaining 7.4% of subscribers (153,551) were made up by fixed wireless access (FWA, including WiMAX) and fibre-optic (FTTx) customer accounts. Of these ‘others’ ANACOM claims that fibre-to-the-home/building (FTTH/FTTB) has witnessed the biggest surge, and now accounts for around 130,000 connections. During 2010 triple-play (fixed voice telephony, broadband, television) subscriptions increased by 52.2% to 169,599, with the increasing prominence of FTTx and cable infrastructure spearheading growth.
Although 51 companies were authorised to provide fixed internet access services during 2010, only 35 were actually in operation. During 2010 Portugal Telecom’s (PT’s) wireline retail division Portugal Telecom Comunicacoes (PTC) remained the country’s leading ADSL provider, with a 46.8% share of the fixed broadband market. Former PT subsidiary Zon Multimedia heads the list of cable-based operators, claiming a 33.0% market share at the same date.