Coverage of high-speed networks in the Centre, Algarve, Alentejo and Madeira regions narrows gap compared to national average

By the end of 2020, at least 5.6 million households were connected to a high-speed network, a 4.9% increase compared to the end of the previous year. The growth recorded is higher than that recorded a year ago (4.4%). The coverage of high-speed networks was 88.5%, up 4.1 percentage points compared to the end of 2019.

On a regional basis, coverage in Lisbon and the Azores was above average. The growth in the number of connected households in the Centre (+8.8%), Madeira (+8.5%), Algarve (+7.8%) and Alentejo (+5.3%), where the coverage of high speed networks has come closer to the national average, thus strengthening territorial cohesion, is worthy of note.

The number of households with fibre optic connection amounted to around 5.4 million, up 9.1% compared to the previous year (it had increased by 6.7% in 2019), reaching 85.6% coverage.

The number of households connected with high speed accesses based on cable TV networks increased by 0.1% compared to the previous year, reaching a total of 3.8 million. The coverage of this type of network was 59.4%.

By the end of 2020, around 73.6% of households had subscribed fixed-location high-speed services. Above average penetration was recorded in Lisbon (90.3%), Azores (83%) and Madeira (81.9%). In the Algarve (70.7%), North (70.3%), Centre (62.6%) and Alentejo (52.7%) regions, where the service penetration is lower, figures were close to the national average.

By the end of 2020, the number of residential customers of high-speed services at a fixed location reached 3 million, up 9.3% compared to the same period of the previous year. At least 8 out of 10 new high-speed network customers have taken up a service supported on fibre optic networks (FTTH).

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