Fixed telephone service penetration increases but voice traffic declines

At the end of 1st quarter 2015, the penetration rate of main telephone accesses in Portugal reached 44.6 accesses per 100 inhabitants, with the total national stock of accesses increasing by 67 thousand to 4.66 million accesses, the highest growth in five years. Nevertheless, voice traffic in minutes decreased by 5.3% compared to 4th quarter 2014 and fell 13.4% year on year.

During the quarter, each access consumed an average of 98 minutes per month in fixed-fixed calls (8 minutes fewer than in the previous quarter), 10 minutes in fixed-mobile calls (1 minute fewer than in the previous quarter) and 8 minutes in international calls (1 minute fewer than in the previous quarter).

As at the end of March, accesses supported over alternative networks to the traditional network (optical fibre, cable TV networks and GSM/UMTS/LTE) represented 48.3% of main telephone accesses, an increase of 0.8 percentage points over the previous quarter and an increase of 4.5 percentage points versus the same quarter of 2014.

At the end of the period, MEO was responsible for 52.6% of all main accesses, 1.4 percentage points fewer than at the end of 2014. Grupo NOS was the 2nd largest provider with a market share of 31.8% (an increase of 1.1 percentage points) and was the provider to report the largest increase in this period. Vodafone reported a share of 10.3% (an increase of 0.7 percentage points).

In the period being reported, there were 3.77 million customers with direct access. MEO reported a 49.1% share of direct access customers (falling 0.7 percentage points versus the previous quarter), followed by Grupo NOS with a 35.4% share of customers (increasing 0.4 percentage points from the previous quarter); meanwhile, Vodafone reported a share of 10.1% (increasing 0.6 percentage points versus the previous quarter).

Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 fixed telephone service customers acquired the service as part of a bundle of services.

As at the end of March, total revenues from the FTS and bundles which include this service amounted to 448 million euros (79.4% of this amount derived from multiple-play offers).

The number of installed public pay-telephones increased to around 22 thousand (increasing 0.4 percent versus the previous quarter and increasing 2.4 percent year-on-year).

Consult the statistical report: