Mapping broadband coverage in Portugal

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Portugal

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Portugal is now over 77% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Portugal has made major investments in broadband coverage, particularly for next generation access. As a result, despite being a relatively poor country, it was well ahead of the European Union averages for the coverage of standard fixed and NGA services and was a top ten country for all combination measures.

Portugal broadband coverage by technology combination

Portugal broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

In 2012 DSL coverage in Portugal remained at 99%, using the definition of coverage as ‘being within the service area of a DSL-enabled exchange’. Given that the Portugese exchange network is quite thinly spread in rural areas, a performance based definition would reduce the coverage figure.

Portugal has an extensive cable network and ranks fifth in the study for both standard cable and Docsis 3 coverage. At the end of 2012 most of the network had been upgraded to Docsis 3, which covered 76% of households. As well as offering extensive Docsis 3 coverage, FTTP covered more than 45% of households in Portugal, making it the most extensive FTTP network in Western Europe. However these networks mostly overlap and FTTP adds very little additional NGA coverage to the Docsis 3 network. Rural areas were also found to benefit from Docsis 3 NGA coverage.

Portugal has one of the largest LTE networks in the study, second only to Sweden with nearly 90% of households covered by the end of 2012. This is remarkable given that services had only launched earlier in the year.

VDSL was not pursued in Portugal, with priority being given instead to FTTP. Also the country had no WiMAX network at the end of 2012.

Portugal total broadband coverage by technology

Portugal total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Portugal rural broadband coverage by technology

Portugal rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Portugal had at least 99% standard broadband coverage across all its NUTS 3 areas in 2012. Lisbon and Oporto along with their surrounding areas, as well as the southern province of the Algarve, all enjoyed total coverage.

The coverage of NGA was more varied. The five provinces indicated above had complete coverage. Three coastal provinces, and also the overseas regions of Madeira and the Azores, had between 81 and 95% NGA coverage. It is the northern and north-eastern regions which had the lowest coverage. These do not correspond to the most rural areas of the country.

Portugal standard broadband coverage map

Portugal standard broadband coverage map

Portugal NGA broadband coverage map

Portugal NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Portugal

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

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