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Portugal: Pay-TV subs up 3.1%

Portugal ended 2022 with 4.5 million pay-TV subscribers, an increase of 3.1 per cent on the previous year and good for a 96.4 per cent penetration rate for the service (+2.7 per cent). According to figures released by the National Communications Authority (Anacom), FTTH technology accounted for 2.7 million subscribers or 60.8 per cent of […]

March 10, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Meo receives nod for DTT licence renewal

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has proposed the renewal of Meo’s licence to operate national DTT multiplex ‘Mux A’. To this end, the regulator launched a public consultation on the draft decision in which it suggests the renewal of the licence for a period of seven year, or until December 10th 2030. Anacom also believes […]

February 17, 2023From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Launch success for mPOWER pair

SpaceX successfully launched two mPOWER satellites for SES and its O3b division on December 16th. Despite a heart-stopping interruption to the launch rocket’s video signal which would normally have shown the rocket’s booster on its floating landing barge, but everything was “nominal” in the booster’s landing and the deployment of the two satellites. Confirmation soon […]

December 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Portugal considering alternatives to Meo

João Cadete de Matos, the  president of Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Anacom) has acknowledged that Meo (Altice Portugal) has requested the renewal of the DTT network licences. During a meeting with journalists, Cadete de Matos said that the regulator has six months to make an assessment, including financial issues, as ‘DTT has to be cost-orientated.’ […]

December 16, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: Pay-TV grows to 4.5m subs in Q3

The Portuguese pay-TV market saw a growth of 134,000 subscribers (+3.1 per cent) in Q3 2022, compared to the same period last year, to 4.5 million customers, according to data from the National Communications Authority (Anacom). The figures reveal a slowdown of the market compared to previous years as Q3 2021 saw 3.2 per cent […]

December 8, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portuguese government says no risk for end of DTT

The Portuguese Government has provided assurances that DTT broadcasting will continue in the future. The confirmation came from the Secretary of State for Infrastructures, Hugo Santos Mendes, during a Parliamentary hearing, who added that the Government is in negotiations with DTT network operator Altice Portugal (Meo). This follows uncertainty regarding the future plans of Altice […]

November 8, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Court: ‘Portugal’s AV tax in line with European law’

The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) has ruled that the audiovisual tax, collected from pay-TV operators in Portugal, is not contrary to EU Law. In its judgment, the Court of Justice established that the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU) “does not preclude national legislation which imposes a charge intended […]

October 28, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal: Pay-TV growth slows down in H1

Portugal added 133,000 new subscribers in the first half of 2022 (+3 per cent), compared to the same period last year, taking the total to 4.4 million, accounting for a 94.8 per cent penetration rate. However, the National Communications Authority (Anacom) points out that the growth was lower than in previous years – 3.5 per […]

September 8, 2022From Branislav Pekic in Rome

SES, Gilat extend strategic cooperation

Satellite networking technology, solutions, and services provider Gilat Satellite Networks has  been awarded multimillion-dollar orders from satellite operator SES as the companies extend global strategic cooperation. SES, in cooperation with Gilat, is expanding its SATCOM business reach utilising Gilat’s SkyEdge IV multi-orbit, multi-service capabilities. These activities represent follow-on orders stemming from the strategic partnership formed […]

September 6, 2022

Report: Space commercialisation drives traffic growth

Market research and consulting firm NSR’s newly released Space Traffic Study, 2nd Edition report finds that commercialisation of more segments of the space value-chain is driving a rapid increase in traffic volumes. Although markets such as Earth Observation or Space Tourism still only account for 5 per cent of the cumulative data volumes between 2021 […]

August 18, 2022