Vodafone Portugal raises FTTH goal; 3G licence renewal set to include coverage clause

30 Nov 2015

Vodafone Portugal has indicated that it will extend its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to an additional 550,000 homes between now and the end of 2016. According to CEO Mario Vaz,the network expansion will see Vodafone’s fibre network extended to a total of 2.75 million Portuguese homes, representing more than two-thirds of the nation’s residential properties. The additional investment required has been estimated at around EUR125 million (USD132 million). The company says its network currently reaches 2.2 million households, exceeding the previously stated target of 2.1 million.

Elsewhere in Portugal, Sapo Tek has reported that industry regulator the National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) is preparing to impose new coverage obligations on mobile incumbents PT Portugal (MEO), Vodafone Portugal and Nos ahead of the cellco’s imminent UMTS licence renewals. The watchdog has reportedly identified 588 towns and villages still lacking 3G connectivity, and will order each of the operators to commit to covering 196 locations each. ANACOM’s ongoing consultation into the renewal is due to conclude on 21 December.