Lisbon court ends freezing of Dos Santos stake in NOS

Lisbon’s central criminal investigation court has lifted an injunction preventing controversial Angolan businesswoman and exiled ex-president’s daughter Isabel Dos Santos from exercising voting rights as a major shareholder in leading Portuguese pay TV provider NOS. In April the court froze Dos Santos’s assets, including the half share she holds in ZOPT, a holding company jointly […]

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 […]

NOS to sell tower business to Cellnex in €550 million deal

Portuguese pay TV, broadband and mobile service provider NOS has agreed the sale of its tower business to Spanish outfit Cellnex in a deal potentially worth €550 million. NOS has agreed to transfer its 2,000 tower and rooftop transmitter sites to Cellnex and has struck a long-term agreement with the Spanish company for the provision […]

Sonaecom challenges Portuguese court seizure of Dos Santos NOS stake

Sonaecom, part-owned of Portuguese pay TV and broadband service provider NOS, has challenged a Lisbon court’s seizure of a 26.075% stake in the company held by Isabel Dos Santos, the now-exiled daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo Dos Santos. The challenge follows the court’s decision to seize the NOS stake held indirectly through Dos […]

New lifestyle and cooking channel for Portugal

Portuguese thematic channel provider Dreamia is launching a new home lifestyle and cooking channel on NOS’s pay TV network. Casa e Cozinha will debut on April 8 and will be dedicated to home design, cooking, fashion, beauty, travel and wellbeing. NOS said that the launch was taking place at a time when Portuguese people are […]

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 […]

NOS sees improved growth in TV numbers

Portuguese service provider NOS saw its pay TV base increase by 7,300 in Q4, with growth in fixed-access pay TV customers of 8,700 offsetting a decline in DTH of 1,400. The rate of decline in the DTH base was itself an improvement. NOS said that it saw “tenuous signs of improvement” in its premium TV […]

NOS sees stronger take up of pay TV services

Portuguese service provider NOS saw stronger take up of pay TV services in the third quarter, with 14,200 net pay TV adds contributing to RGU growth of 39,700 overall. NOS said that fixed access growth more than offset the ongoing decline in its DTH satellite base. It said that fixed broadband grew in line with […]

NOS sees pick up in advanced TV but premium numbers drop

Portuguese pay TV operator NOS saw a pick-up in sign-ups to its advanced TV service UMA TV in the second quarter, and some recovery in overall TV numbers, but its premium sports offering saw subscriber numbers drop by 7.2% year-on-year. NOS said that UMA TV now represents 15% of its fixed TV base. The company […]

NOS launches multiscreen picture-in-picture

Portuguese pay TV provider NOS has launched multiscreen picture-in-picture mode, allowing users to view content while simultaneously accessing other applications and services. NOS has staked its claim to be the first operator in the market to offer picture-in-picture, with a second pop-up screen enabling users to access content from another app. NOS said that the […]

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