Portugal issues final report on digital switchover

With its digital switchover completed last April, a final report has been issued on Portugal’s transition from analogue to digital television, with some key figures included on the number of subscribers held by the different pay-TV platforms.

The report was prepared by the Digital Television Migration Monitoring Group (GAM-TD), under the direction of the National Communications Authority (ANACOM), and was recently submitted to the Portuguese government.

After submitting its final report to the government, GAM-TD has now been wound up, marking the end of the country’s digital switchover process, with all TV viewers now served either by free digital terrestrial television or by pay-TV, of which Portugal has an abundance of services.

Cable-TV remained the most popular pay-TV platform in Portugal with 1.475mn subscribers across all operators (Cabovisão, STV, Uniteldata and ZON TV Cabo).

DTH came second with 704,000 subscribers, spread across five operators: ZON TV Cabo, ZON TV Cabo Portugal, ZON TV Cabo Açoreana, ZON TV Cabo Madeirense and PT Comunicações.

DSL-delivered IPTV came in third place with 587,000 subscribers, served by five operators: PT Comunicações, Optimus, Vodafone Portugal, AR Telecom and IPTV Telecom.

Finally, FTTH/B-delivered IPTV came in last place with 307,000 subscribers, served by six operators: ZON TV Cabo, ZON TV Cabo Portugal, ZON TV Cabo Madeirense, PT Comunicações, Optimus and Vodafone Portugal.

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