Internet in Portugal
ADSL service has been available in Portugal since 2000, however it wasn't until 2002 that the service started to see wide acceptance from the general public, mainly due to increased competition from service providers, which helped to level prices. Market penetration in Portugal is around 50% although Portugal has the distinction of being one of the few European countries to have coverage in virtually the entire territory.
There are several service providers offering ADSL service in Portugal to the residential and the professional market. The majority of the residential market is split between the 2 larger operators: Portugal Telecom and Sonae.
The current maximum speed for home internet in Portugal is 1Gbit/s, available on special request, and 360Mbit/s widely available in the territory together with TV and Telephone services.
A former monopoly, Portugal Telecom is still the largest telecommunications company in the country today. Due to its previous monopoly status its landline infrastructure covers all territory, making it the only operator that can offer direct service anywhere in the country. Portugal Telecom uses different brands to segment their ADSL service, among others SAPO for the residential market and Telepac for the small business market. In November 2006 Portugal Telecom announced their ADSL2+ service, adding a 24 Mbit/s speed grade service to their market offer and effectively catching up to competitor Sonaecom that had been offering ADSL2+ speed grades for several months.
Sonaecom started operations in 1999, soon after the government opened the telecommunications market to competition. The company started by renting Portugal Telecom's lines in order to offer their voice service to customers, but soon started laying their own infrastructure and can now offer direct service in the main metropolitan areas. Sonaecom also uses different brands to segment their ADSL offer, these include Optimus Clix for the residential market and Novis for the professional market. Taking advantage of the increased bandwidth provided by their ADSL2+ network, Sonaecom announced in June 2006 the launch of their IPTV service, dubbed SmartTV, enabling the company to offer so called Triple Play service to customers in select areas.
Other ADSL operators in Portugal
Cable service providers