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Broadband in Portugal

Portugal’s NGA coverage is slightly below EU average. The Agenda Portugal Digital aims at development of a digital infrastructure that allows citizens to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by technologies.

Summary of broadband development in Portugal

Portugal’s NGA coverage is slightly below EU average, yet the FTTP coverage is more than twice as high (77 % of households) as EU average. The Agenda Portugal Digital was updated in 2021. It aims at development of a digital infrastructure that allows citizens to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by technologies, yet does not set any more concrete aims related to broadband infrastructure.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

The Agenda Portugal Digital - Portugal’s Action Plan for Digital Transition was updated in 2021. It aims at development of a digital infrastructure that allows citizens to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by technologies, yet does not set any more concrete aims related to broadband infrastructure. The plan comprises three main pillars of action and a catalyst dimension:

  • Pillar I – Capacity building and digital inclusion,
  • Pillar II – Businesses’ digital transformation,
  • Pillar III – Public services’ digitalisation.

Connectivity and infrastructure are mentioned as one of the catalysts.

ANACOM works to create conditions for a consistent and competitive development of 5G and updated the auction schedule in July 2020. The multi-band auction was postponed to 2021. The 5G Portal provides information to the public.

Main measures for broadband development

Broadband mapping: Portugal benefits from a broadband infrastructure mapping initiative Centralized Information System established by ANACOM. The infrastructure-mapping tool contains both information about the existing infrastructure suitable for carrying electronic communications networks as well as the planned ones. The main aim of CIS is to avoid inefficient duplication and inconvenience caused to citizens and businesses by frequent and extensive underground work.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

  • State Aid: Large-scale public funding for broadband deployment ended several years ago. Portugal trusts in a market-driven approach ever since.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Portugal

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

Publications and press documents

English

Portuguese

Contact information

BCO Portugal (national Broadband Competence Office): National Communications Authority - ANACOM (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações)

Address: Av. José Malhoa 12, 1099-017 Lisbon, Portugal
Contact via email
Phone: +351 21 721 2470
Website

Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing (Ministério das Infraestruturas e Habitação)

Address: Av. Barbosa du Bocage, nº 5 – 2º, 1049-039 Lisbon, Portugal
Contact via email
Phone: +351 210 426 200
Website

Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition (Ministério da Economia e Transição Digital)

Address: Rua da Horta Seca, 1200-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Contact via email
Phone: +351 213 245 400
Website

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