Broadband Internet access traffic increased 10.7% in the third quarter of 2017. Fixed broadband traffic, which represented 93.4% of the total, increased 10% and mobile broadband traffic increased by 21.5%, which led to historic maxima.
The average monthly traffic per fixed location broadband Internet access was 78 GB and the traffic generated per customer for mobile broadband with actual use was 2.8 GB per month (12.5 GB per month in the case of tablet/PC).
At the end of the 3rd quarter, the penetration of fixed broadband was 70.8 residential customers per 100 private households.
It is estimated that 98.6% of households with a fixed broadband Internet access service have purchased the service as part of bundled services.
At the end of September, the number of accesses to the Internet at a fixed location surpassed 3.5 million, 195 thousand more than in the same quarter the previous year.
Optical fibre (FTTH/B) has been the main form of fixed broadband Internet access, representing 37.1% of accesses. Cable and ADSL had 32.8% and 22.3% of fixed broadband Internet accesses, respectively. LTE at a fixed location (the 4th generation of mobile communications) had 7.7% of the total of accesses.
In the period under analysis, MEO led fixed accesses with a share of 39.5% (-2.3 percentage points compared to the same quarter last year), followed by the NOS Group with a share of 37.5% (+0.3 percentage points) and Vodafone with 18.5% (+1.8 percentage points). The Apax Group, which owns Nowo and ONI, had a share of 4.3% (+0.2 percentage points).
As far as mobile broadband is concerned, the number of users who effectively used the service increased by 13.1% compared to the same quarter of the previous year to reach 6.95 million.
MEO had the largest share, 38.3% (a decrease of 3 percentage points compared to the same quarter last year), followed by NOS and Vodafone with 31.7% (up 1 percentage point) and 28.6% (up 1.3 percentage points), respectively. Nowo, which launched commercial offers for a mobile broadband service in April 2016, had a 1.1% share.
Revenues from stand-alone fixed Internet access service and bundles of services which include this service totalled around 1.340 billion euros in the first nine months of 2017 (+6.8% more than in the same period the previous year). Revenues from the mobile Internet access service reached 279.7 million in the first nine months of 2017, 7.8% higher than in the same period the previous year.
Infographic of Internet access service - fixed broadband
Infographic of Internet access service - mobile broadband
Consult the statistical report:
- Internet access service - 3rd quarter 2017 https://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=1425254