According to data published by the regulator ANACOM, above average penetration was seen in the regions of Lisbon (93%), Azores (89.1%), Madeira (87.2%) and Algarve (79.3%), while the North (74.%), Centre (68.1%) and Alentejo (57.9%) regions, where penetration is lower, grew above the national average.
As of the end of H1, the number of residential subscribers stood at 3.2 million, or 9.3% more than a year earlier. At least eight out of 10 new subscribers opted for a service supported over FTTH.
It is estimated that around 5.8 million households were wired with a high-speed network, 5.3% more than a year earlier. The coverage of high-speed networks was 90.6%, 4.3 pp points more than at the end of H1 2020.
The number of households cabled with FTTH rose to around 5.6 million, 8.5% more than in the same period last year, having achieved coverage of 87.6%. Over the past five years, fibre-optic cabled households have increased at an average annual rate of 8.7%.
The number of cabled households with high-speed accesses supported by cable TV networks increased by 0.1% compared to the same period in 2020, totaling 3.7 million.
The coverage of this type of networks was 57.5%.