Portugal Telecom (PT), the dominant player in the country’s broadband sector, has announced that its fibre-optic ‘Meo Fibra’ broadband offshoot has launched an advanced triple-play option, offering downlink transmission speeds of 400Mbps, which it says are ‘guaranteed at a national level’. According to PT, alongside high speed broadband connectivity, the new offer includes 125 IPTV channels¬, unlimited fixed line calls, access to millions of songs through ‘Musicbox’ and ‘Meo GO’, which allows users to view 60 different channels when they are on the move. The 400Mbps triple-play package is priced at EUR179.99 (USD241.74) per month, and surpasses PT’s existing 200Mbps fibre option.
TeleGeography notes that PT’s new 400Mbps transmission speed also outstrips the 360Mbps speeds currently offered by PT’s rivals Zon Multimedia and Vodafone Portugal. PT unveiled its first Meo Fibra service in May 2009, introducing download speeds of 100Mbps, but has subsequently come under pressure from its rivals, with the main players all buoyed by government subsidies to aid the rollout of their respective next generation networks (NGNs). An EUR800 million credit line was provided as part of the government’s over-arching ‘Plano Tecnologico’ policy, which is aimed at increasing Portugal’s competitive advantage through the modernisation of its economy. The EUR800 million investment was supplemented by contributions from PT (EUR650 million), Zon Multimedia (EUR307 million) and Sonaecom (EUR240 million), bringing the country’s total NGN investment to EUR1.997 billion.