78.6% of households had fixed broadband
At the end of the first half of 2019 (1H2019), the penetration rate for fixed broadband residential customers was 78.6 per 100 private households, 3.9 percentage points (p.p.) mores than in the half year of the previous year.
Number of accesses increased by 5.4% in the last year driven by optical fibre
In comparison to the corresponding half year in the previous year, the number of fixed broadband accesses grew by 5.4% (+198 thousand accesses), reaching 3.9 million.
Optical fibre (FTTH) was the main form of fixed broadband Internet access (48.2% of accesses) reaching 1.9 million accesses, and was the form of access which most contributed to the growth in the total number of accesses. In the last twelve months optical fibre access increased 20.9% (+322 thousand accesses).
Cable and ADSL had 30.6% and 14% of fixed broadband Internet accesses, respectively. The weight of LTE at a fixed location represented 7.2% of the total of accesses.
In the half year being analysed, the fall in the number of ADSL accesses intensified its downward trend, having decreased by 19.5% in comparison to the first half of 2018 (1H2018).
Average monthly Internet traffic reached 119.7 GB per fixed access
Total fixed broadband Internet traffic increased by 23% in comparison to the same period of the previous year, with average monthly access traffic reaching 119.7 GB.
Shares per provider
The markets for fixed broadband Internet access service had four entities with important subscriber shares: MEO (40.2%), the NOS GROUP (36%), Vodafone (19.7%) and the NOWO/Onitelecom Group (3.8%). Compared to the same half year of the previous year, Vodafone and MEO increased their shares of fixed accesses by 0.8 and 0.5 percentage points, with NOS and NOWO decreasing their shares by 1.0 and 0.3 percentage points.
MEO was also the main Internet provider supported by fibre optic (FTTH) and by ADSL, at the end of the half year having attained shares of 55.4% and 89.9%, respectively. NOS was the main provider of Internet access supported by cable TV networks (87.7%) and mobile networks at a fixed location (64.2%).
If only residential accesses were considered, MEO had the highest share of subscribers, with 38.8%, overtaking the NOS Group (38.3%). Compared to the same half year of the previous year, Vodafone and MEO increased their shares of residential fixed accesses by 0.9 and 0.8 percentage points, with NOS and NOWO decreasing their shares by 1.4 and 0.3 percentage points.
An analysis of the market as a whole, measured using the Herfindahl – Hirschman index, suggests that competition has developed favourably over the period analysed