Portugal


Altice expects to ‘remain resilient’ after exceeding 2019 expectations

Service provider Altice Europe expects its cash-flow to “remain resilient” in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic after it ended 2019 on a high with revenue for the full year growing by 11.2% to €4.042 billion, an improvement on the 6.9% growth recorded in 2018. The company said its performance exceeded guidance it had given. […]

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 […]

Portuguese regulator suspends 700MHz clearance on Coronavirus fears

Portuguese telecom regulator ANACOM has suspended the migration of the country’s digital-terrestrial network to make way for 5G telecom service over the Coronavirus threat. The move comes after consultation between the regulator and telecom operator Meo, which is responsible for the technical implementation of the migration of the service, clearing the 700MHz band to make […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eleven Sports picks up Portuguese and Polish rights to Spanish Super Cup

International sports network Eleven Sports has picked up rights to this week’s controversial Spanish Super Cup for Poland and Portugal. Eleven Sports will bring live, exclusive and coverage of the competition to the countries.  The tournament will see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Valencia compete in the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in […]

Altice Europe sells Portuguese tower stake to Cellnex for €200m

Cable and telecom giant Altice Europe’s Portuguese unit Meo has sold its 25% stake in cellular tower company Omtel to Cellnex for €200 million as the first step in the independent Spanish tower company taking complete control of Omtel. Altice sold a majority stake in Omtel to a consortium led by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners […]

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 […]

Altice Europe turns in better-than-expected Q3

Altice Europe has turned in better than expected results for the third quarter, with revenue up by 6.9% and adjusted EBITDA rising by 8.8% on the back of an improved performance at Altice France.  Altice France grew its residential base by 41,000 customers, with its fibre customer base increasing by 59,000 taking fibre penetration to […]

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 […]

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