Portuguese rural fibre operator Fibroglobal has agreed to reduce its wholesale fibre-optic broadband prices following intervention from the National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM). Fibroglobal, which covers 59 municipalities across Zona Centrod, Madeira and the Azores, has agreed to cut its wholesale prices by between 24% and 55%, depending on the level of access required.
In recent years, Fibroglobal has come under scrutiny for its inflated wholesale prices. Domestic telcos Nos and Vodafone Portugal have routinely complained of ‘excessive pricing’ and the only domestic player to actually use the networks is said to be PT Portugal (MEO), which owns a 5% stake in the venture. (Note: Portuguese conglomerate Grupo Visabeira sold its 95% stake in Fibroglobal to Luxembourg-based JMO in July 2016.)
TeleGeography notes that Fibroglobal is one of the two companies that was offered a subsidy in 2010 to provide open-access fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks covering rural municipalities. Fellow provider dstelecom was awarded the contract covering the North, Alentejo and Algarve regions. Its fibre-optic network was opened to other operators in January 2014, and today covers a total of 90 municipalities. Both Vodafone Portugal and Nos are known to utilise the open-access infrastructure, as well as B2B players Onitelecom and AR Telecom. This week dstelecom announced that it had reached the milestone of 100,000 end-user fibre connections, up from 75,000 last year and 60,000 back in 2016.