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Broadband workshop access to underserviced areas rural areas and licensing

Broadband WorkshopAccess to Underserviced Areas/Rural Areas and Licensing

Carlos Costa

Table of contents

  • Portugal – A Brief Overview

  • Portuguese Telecoms Sector

  • Public Policy Rationale

  • Promoting Access to Fixed Broadband

  • Promoting Access to Mobile Broadband

  • Promoting Access to DTT

  • Wholesale Facilitators


  • Portuguese population:

    • 10.5 M (living in Portugal);

    • 4.5 M (living abroad) – 300 K in RSA

  • Life expectancy:

    76,7 82,6

  • Working population as proportion of working age population: 79,3%

  • Very High HDI: Rank 43

  • Territory: 92,090 Km2

  • PIB Per Capita: 15,702 €

  • Happiness Index (LPI): Rank 26

A hub for world connectivity and innovation
A Hub for World Connectivity and Innovation

  • Leading Service Centres (SAP, Altran, Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu, Microsoft)

  • Europe’s largest Data Centre

  • Participation in ESA projects

  • Disruptive innovations in telecoms services:

    • First prepaid card in mobile telephony;

    • “TimeWarp” in Pay Tv;

    • Cloud Services


Interrelated social concerns
Interrelated Social Concerns

  • PT Populationabove 65 y.o: 19% (EU average = 18%)

  • PT Populationatrisk of poverty: 25% (EU average = 24%)

  • PT rural population: 38% (EU average = 26%)


Rural nga specificity
Rural NGA Specificity

Dispersion of thepopulation

Cost of passed HH

Length of local loop


Lowerincomeper capita

Higherproportion of seniorcitizens

Penetration rates

Lowerintensity of competition

Demand side obstacles in rural areas
Demand Side Obstaclesin Rural Areas

  • Look closely at demand side obstacles to understand the nature of the problem

Source: BEREC EWG end User Questionnaire

Rural nga coverage
Rural NGA Coverage

Wedon´thave Wi-Fi. Speak to eachother.

Rural broadband coverage
Rural Broadband Coverage

  • Source: ANACOM’s estimations and Point Topic

The assessment process for sgei
The Assessment Process for SGEI

  • What services are absolutely essential for the regional and social cohesion?

  • Are those services ensured by the market, now or in the near future?

  • Are the proposed public policy measures an effective and efficient solution for the problem?

  • To reviewtheconcept of "essential services"

  • Is Society capable of financing the proposed public policy measures? Cost Benefit Analysis

  • What are thenet costs for the Society?








Alternative and efficient policy instruments


The portuguese digital agenda targets
The Portuguese Digital Agenda Targets

  • In line with the Digital Agenda for Europe, it established ambitious goals for 2013 (access to basic BB for all) and beyond, namely:

    • To promote digital inclusion and usage of the Internet / ICTs by the citizens living in remote areas, with low education levels, with disabilities and by the elderly is also an important target.


≥30 Mbps




≥100 Mbps


≥ 50%



2013 / 2014 (Mainland / Islands)

Rural Subscriptions

≥40 Mbps

≥ 50%


Superfast fixed rural broadband 1
Superfast Fixed Rural Broadband (1)

Five public tenders for high-speed networks in rural areas launched by the government in 2009 (EU support):

  • 140 municipalities with no retail competition covered (no cable network and no OAO co-located);

  • Minimum 50% population coverage of each municipality (circa 242 K HH with FTTH/GPON);

  • Minimum speed 40 Mbps (downstream) per end-user;

  • Within 24 months;

  • With overall public financing of circa 106€ M.

  • Costing between [651; 1630] € per passed HH with subsidies between [380; 1050] € .

Superfast fixed rural broadband 2
Superfast Fixed Rural Broadband (2)

  • Each high-speed rural network must:

    • Be managed as an open network;

    • Ensure, during 20 years, an wholesale offer;

    • Follow rules of transparency, non discrimination and healthy competition.

  • The winners of the public tenders were selected in 2010 and 2011.

  • 4 out of the 5 contracts area already signed and nearing completion.

  • The R.A. Madeira contract is pending attribution of EU funds.

Superfast fixed rural broadband 3
Superfast Fixed Rural Broadband (3)

  • In the R.A. Azores submarine cable transmission was also included in the project



Sta Cruz Graciosa

Morro Alto

Sta Cruz



Santa Barbara

São Jorge



Angra Heroísmo







11 Aggregation Access Points (PAA)

1 Central Access Point (PAC)

Submarine Cable Faial-Flores-Corvo-Graciosa (FibroGlobal).

Inter-IslandsSubmarine Cable (PTC).



Ponta Delgada


Pico Alto

Vila do Porto

Santa Maria

E iniciativas 1
“e-iniciativas” (1)

  • In connnection with “Ligar Portugal”, the government launched in mid-2007 the“e.iniciativas”, aiming atmassifying access to laptops and Mobile BB, targeting teachers, pupils and trainees.

  • A laptop with Vista, Office 2007 and mobile BB, priced € 150 with a € 5 discount in the monthly fee was offered to the targeted public.

  • The program was expanded to primary school children (“e.escolinhas”) in 2008, with a laptop specifically adapted to children being priced at € 50, whilst poor children could get it for free.

E iniciativas 2
“e-iniciativas” (2)

  • Adoption rate to e.iniciativas was higher in the interior regions where BB adoption was lower (especially for students).

  • e.iniciativas acelerated the adoption of PC and of the Internet.

  • Most of the adopters, did not quit the BB access that was installed at the HH prior to the adoption of the e.iniciativas.

  • The intensity of usage of computer and Internet increased after the adoption.

  • The type of usage of the laptop and of the Internet access is “virtuous”.

  • The adhesion rate has been circa 40%, with an overall volume of adherents of circa 1.373 millions.

Bwa 3 4 3 8 ghz band auction 1
BWA 3.4-3.8 GHz Band Auction (1)

9 regions and a total of

36 lots (4 lots/region)

2 x 28 MHz

  • Combinatorial sealed bid auction (2 stages of 1 round each) and 2nd price rule (1Q2010)

  • Objetives: promote market entry => mobile operators were not allowed to participate.

    • provide broadband wireless access to underserved areas => regional approach was adopted with a 3 years deadline to start commercial operation.





3600 MHz

3400 MHz





3800 MHz

3600 MHz

Bwa 3 4 3 8 ghz band auction 2
BWA 3.4-3.8 GHz Band Auction (2)









Auction’s Result

  • 3 participants;

  • 2 winners: Onitelecom and Bravesensor;

  • 50% of the lots were assigned;

  • 8 regions (no bids for R.A. Madeira);

  • Total Revenue: 3.41 M €;

  • Due to technological and economic evolution, commercial developments are modest.

Number of Assignedlots per Region

Technical Conditions

  • Service & technology neutrality

  • BEM concept

  • Fixed, mobile or nomadic operations

  • Decision – 2008/411/EC

2011 multiband spectrum auction 1
2011 - Multiband Spectrum Auction (1)

~392 MHz of radio spectrum and 39 lots

  • SMRA - Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending Model,

  • Coverage obligations in the 800 MHz band – 480 rural parishes per lot (80 per lot) to be covered by the end of 2014.

  • Set of measures to facilitate market entry:

    • 900 MHz: 20% discount for new entrants,

    • 800/900 MHz: MVNO and roaming agreement (under special conditions),

    • Infrastructure sharing,

    • Spectrum caps with spectrum reservation in 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz (FDD).

2011 multiband spectrum auction 2
2011 - Multiband Spectrum Auction (2)


Technical Conditions

  • 3 Winners: TMN, Optimus and Vodafone

  • Total revenue: 372 M €

  • 75% of spectrum assigned

  • 97.5 MHz of available spectrum

  • Service & technology neutrality

  • 800 MHz: BEM concept – Decision 2010/276/EU.

  • Operation possible after “switch-off” (26/4/2012) and restrictions apply untill Dez. 2014 due to Spanish DTT.

  • 900/1800 MHz: GSM/UMTS/LTE and future technologies to be included in Decision 2011/251/EU.

  • 2.6 GHz: BEM concept – Decision 2008/477/EC.

Promoting dtt 1
Promoting DTT (1)

  • TV Law (Law nº 27/2007) waspublished in July 2007.

  • Theprocess of DTT implementationwasvery inclusive and transparenthavingstarted in August 2007 and ended in 26.04.2012.

  • The DTT operatorhas a legal obligation to ensurecoverage via terrestrialmeans of:

    • 90,12% of Portugal mainlandpopulation;

    • 87,36% of R.A. Azorespopulation;

    • 85,97% of R.A. Madeira.

  • Hence, some areas are covered via satellite (DTH).

  • Usersnotcovered via terrestrial DTT mayreceivefromthe DTT operator a comparticipation for theacquisition of up to two set-top boxes per HH, as long as they do notsubscribe to paytvservices.

Promoting dtt 2
Promoting DTT (2)

  • Publichospitals;

  • Healthcenters;

  • Libraries;

  • R&D centers;

  • Charities;

  • Publicschools

Subsidies available to sociallydisadvantagedgroups:

Set-Top Box Subsidy

50% of the set-top box price, up to a maximum of 22 €

  • Disabledend-users;

  • Low-incomeusers;

  • Retirees and pensionerswithmonthlyincomebelow 500 €


61 €

  • Endusers > 65 y.o. in social isolation

Ec recommendations
EC Recommendations

  • NRAs should examine differences in conditions of competition in different geographical areas in order to determine whether the definition of sub-national geographic markets or the imposition of differentiated remedies are warranted. Where divergences in the conditions of competition are stable and substantial, NRAs should define sub-national geographic markets.

  • NRAs should monitor whether the deployment of NGA networks and the subsequent evolution of competitive conditions within a geographically defined market warrant the imposition of differentiated remedies.

  • EC Recommendantion of 20.09.2010 onregulatedaccess to NGA

  • Replicabilitytests in thecontext of marketanalysisshould take intoaccountdifferencesbetweengeographicareas in terms of the NGA access input used (rural vsdenselypopulatedareas)

  • EC Recommendation of 11.09.2013 onconsistent non-discriminationobligations and costingmethodologies to promotecompetition and enhancethebroadbandinvestmentenvironment.

Regulated access to ducts of the historic operator
Regulated Access to Ducts of theHistoricOperator

E lements of the reference o ffer
Elements of theReferenceOffer



How does d uct a ccess o ffer works
How Does Duct Access Offer Works?

Find a route + assess availability in database

Cable installation in ducts by OLOs technicians

Access to poles
Access to Poles

More used in rural areas.

Access to poles1

OLO Responsability

Entrance point

OLO Responsability



OLO Pole

PTC Poles

Visit Chamber



OLO cable

Access to Poles

Pole Access


Duct access

Other m easures

Decree-Law 123/2009

  • Access for telecom operators to ducts and other public infrastructures

  • Simpler and effective rules for the construction of new infrastructures

  • A public geo-referenced information system for all infrastructures


  • Open and non discriminatory access to buildings with at least a dual fiber optic cable per dwelling and a point for sharing infrastructure in the building or surroundings

At the end of the day
AttheEnd of theDay

“Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I’ll build a castle.”

Fernando Pessoa (Lisbon and Durban Poet)

Bartolomeu Dias