This, according to the regulator ANACOM, was 162,000, or 3.9% more than in the same period last year. FTTH was the main form of access, accounting for 58.8% of the total, or 5pp more than a year earlier. It also grew the most, by 303,000, or 13.7%. On the other hand, cable decreased by 0.9% (-1.4pp) to 28% of the total and ADSL by 29.7% to 6.6% (-3.2pp). Fixed accesses supported on mobile networks decrease by 3.7% and accounted for 6.4% (-0.5pp) of the total. Total fixed broadband internet traffic increased 24.7% compared to the same quarter last year.
In terms of market share, Meo was in first place (40.7%), followed by Grupo Nos (34.5%), Vodafone (21.2%) and Nowo (3.2%). Vodafone was the provider whose share of accesses increased the most (+0.7 pp), while Meo was the provider that attracted the most customers in net terms, having increased its share by 0.3 pp. If only residential accesses were considered, Meo had the highest share of subscribers (39.1%), followed by Grupo Nos (36.8%), Vodafone (20.2%), and Nowo (3.7%).
In terms of fixed broadband traffic shares, Meo reached 40.6%, followed by Grupo Nos with 33.6% and Vodafone with 22.6%. Nowo’s share was 1.6%.
At the end of the Q3 the penetration rate of fixed broadband residential customers was 88.9 per 100 classic families, 5pp more than in the same quarter of 2020, not only from the growth in the number of accesses, but also from the statistical effect resulting from the decrease in the number of families (-1.9%).