Summary of broadband development in Portugal
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
- The Secretary of State for digitalisation and administrative modernisation is responsible for digitalisation issues.
- The Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing (Ministério das Infraestruturas e Habitação) is responsible for the definition of the broadband policy and the political framework of the national broadband strategy.
- The National Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications - Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) has several responsibilities in the field of broadband. Its main targets are the promotion of competition, transparency and further development of communication networks and markets.
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.
Main measures and financial instruments for broadband development
Broadband mapping: Portugal benefits from a broadband infrastructure mapping initiative Centralised 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.
Portugal’s roadmap to implement the Connectivity Toolbox foresees revising the legislation to provide model regulations on electronic communications network deployment, launching a digital guide (2021/2022), and new cooperation between the government, the ANACOM and the municipalities to harmonise permit-granting procedures. Portugal also plans to set up a permanent group for improving transparency through the single information point and the right of access to existing physical infrastructures.
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
- Study on National Broadband Plans
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Broadband Connectivity Reports and Analyses
- Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe