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Portuguese cable sees TV subs flatline but broadband grows

According to Portuguese telecom regulator ANACOM, pay-TV subscribers in Portugal at the end of the first quarter numbered 2.6 million, up 69,000 quarter-on-quarter, with IPTV accounting for a significant share of new additions.

Cable accounted for 55.7% of the total pay-TV base at the end of March, down two percentage points. DTH accounted for 25% of subscribers.

Triple-play provider Zon Multimédia had a 62.5% share of pay-TV subscribers, down 1.9% on the previous quarter, with Portugal Telecom following with 25%, up 1.9%. The third player, Cabovisão, had a 10% share. Pay-TV revenues for the period amounted to €165m, up 3%.
Portugal had 1.936 million fixed-line internet users at the end of the first quarter, up 3.8% quarter-on-quarter, according to ANACOM.

According to the regulator, ADSL represented 55% of the fixed broadband total, while cable accounted for 40.7%. Over the quarter, cable attracted about 53% of new users, while fibre technologies attracted about 33% of new customers. At the end of March there were about 54,000 FTTH/B subscribers, 78% up quarter-on-quarter. Zon had a 32.6% share of the fixed broadband market, and a 2.5% share of the mobile broadband market.

Portugal had 2.17 million mobile internet users at the end of the quarter.

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