Portugal sees biggest pay TV subscriber growth in four years

Pay TV subscribers in Portugal increased by 160,000 in Q1 2020, the strongest year-over-year growth for the country since 2016. According to Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Anacom) – Portugal’s national regulatory authority for the communications sector – there were 4.1 million subscribers by the end of March. This translates to 89% of households in the […]

Portuguese turning on to bundled offerings

The number of Portuguese subscribers to bundled services reached 4.1 million at the end of the first quarter, up 4.4% year-on-year, according to data released by regulator ANACOM. Growth in uptake of these offers, which had been decelerating since 2015, appears to have been given fresh impetus last year by the popularity of quadruple and […]

Pay TV continues to grow in Portugal, driven by FTTH

Pay TV is continuing to grow in Portugal, which saw a 4.1% rise in subscriber numbers in the year to March, taking total pay TV penetration to 89%. Numbers grew by 160,000 over the year to reach 4.1 million, according to statistics compiled by regulator ANACOM. Growth was primarily driven by bundled offerings over fibre-to-the-home […]

Over half of Portuguese broadband now fibre

Over half of Portuguese fixed broadband connections were via fibre by the end of 2019, according to data released by telecom regulator ANACOM. According to the watchdog’s statistics, 50.6% of fixed broadband connections were fibre at the end of last year, compared with 45.2% a year earlier. The number of connected lines increased by 297,000 […]

ANACOM heads off pay TV miss-selling fear during 700MHz clearance

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has said it is prohibiting the practice of inducing consumers to sign up for pay TV services by implying that digital-terrestrial TV is about to shut down. Portugal is currently in the initial stages of a transition that will see digital-terrestrial channels vacate the 700MHz frequency spectrum that is being reallocated to […]

Altice Portugal slams ANACOM 700MHz clearance schedule

Altice Portugal has slammed local regulator ANACOM’s plans for clearance of the 700MHz band currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. Describing the timetable presented by the regulator as “unrealistic and impossible to meet”, the operator said that ANACOM had disregarded the need to carry out technical work ahead of the rollout of new transmitters.  Altice Portugal […]

ANACOM unveils revised 700MHz clearance plan

Portuguese media regulator ANACOM has given some ground to telco Altice Portugal/Meo on the timetable for the clearance of the 700MHz spectrum for mobile applications in the country following a spat between the pair over the phasing of the project, but the outline of the change will remain the same. ANACOM said it had made […]

Altice in war of words with regulator over 5G plan

Altice Portugal is engaged in a dispute with media and telecom regulator ANACOM over the pace and phasing of the country’s transfer of 700MHz. band spectrum from broadcast to support its 5G mobile rollout. Following a visit by Altice Portugal president Alexandre Fonseca to Madeira, where he was critical of the watchdog’s approach to the […]

Portuguese watchdog sets out 700MHz migration timetable

Portuguese digital-terrestrial TV broadcasters will have to vacate the 700MHz band in a process that is set to begin in January and will take place over approximately six months, according to a timetable set by regulator ANACOM. ANACOM, like other European regulators, is clearing 700MHz spectrum to make way for 5G mobile services. The European […]

Fibroglobal agrees to lower prices but resists multicast and more bitstream offers

Portuguese fibre operator Fibroglobal has reduced its wholesale high-speed prices in the central part of the country and the Azores after regulator ANACOM intervened. Fibroglobal reduced its prices by between 30% and 66%, depending on the type of access, depending on the type of access involved. ANACOM intervened to encourage more use of the wholesale […]

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