"Portugal Telecommunications Report Q1 2015" Published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Mon Jan 19 2015

Operators continue to struggle with the dual pressures of economic weakness limiting subscriber spending and market maturity in the mobile sector. Market data shows that the mobile market is contracting faster than expected and therefore we have downgraded our outlook for the mobile market. However, BMI believes that the acquisition of the largest market player Portugal Telecom will add new dynamics to the market in the short term. Fixed-line market has been more resilient than the mobile market as VoIP substitution has offset the decline of analogue lines.

Key Data

* Wireline voice access is forecast to decline from 4.530mn in 2013 to 4.346mn by 2018 as more consumers switch to mobiles or IP-based substitutes.
* Market saturation and chilly economic climate will mean volatile mobile subscriptions growth in the future. Market is forecast to grow from 16.914mn in 2013 to 17.161mn by 2018. 3G/4G upgrades will be operators' area of focus; subscriptions are forecast to rise from 4.462mn in 2013 to 4.966mn in 2018.
* Converged services will continue to be popular, with bundling seen by operators as the most economically viable means of expanding their user and revenue bases. However, dampened consumer spending means that broadband subscriptions are forecast to rise from 3.322mn in 2013 to just 3.484mn in 2018.

Full Report Details at
- http://www.fastmr.com/prod/944773_portugal_telecommunications_report_q1_2015.aspx?afid=302

Key Developments

Brazil's OI is keen to divest Portugal Telecom and has reportedly received a joint bid from private equity companies Apax Partners and Bain Capital and a separate bid from Luxembourg telecoms player Altice. In December 2014, Altice announced that it had signed a definitive agreement with OI for the purchase of Portugal Telecom. BMI believes that pending regulatory approval, this deal will be finalised in the first half of 2015 . Portugal Telecom has rebranded its mobile business as MEO and has restructured its operations in order to better serve and differentiate between consumer and enterprise customers. The...

The Portugal Telecommunications Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Portugal's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Portugal Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Portugal.

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