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Portugal Communications


Telephone service in Portugal is provided by Portugal Telecom (PT), which was government-owned but has now been privatised. Telephone communications are generally of a very high standard, although fixed-line coverage is not as widespread as mobile coverage.

Portugal has one of the highest mobile phone penetration rates in the world (the number of operative mobile phones already exceeds the population). This network also provides wireless mobile Internet connections as well, and covers the entire territory.

As of October 2006, 36.8% of households had high-speed internet services and 78% of companies had internet access. Most Portuguese watch television through cable (June 2004: 73.6% of households). Paid internet connections are available at many cafés, as well as many post offices. One can also surf on the internet at hotels, conference centres and shopping centres, where special areas are reserved for this purpose. Free internet access is also available to Portuguese residents at "Espaços de Internet" across the country.

Direct radiotelephone service connects Portugal with its former and current overseas provinces in Africa and Asia. The government broadcasting network, Radiodifusão Portuguesa and Radio Renascenca, a religious network, operate AM and FM stations. The state-owned television network, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, offers colour broadcasts on two channels. In 1998, there were 47 AM and FM 172 radio stations, as well as 62 television stations. In 2000, there were 304 radios and 630 television sets for every 1,000 people.


Telephones - main lines in use
4.231 million (2006)

Telephones - mobile cellular
12.226 million (2006)

Telephone system
general assessment: Portugal's telephone system has achieved a state-of-the-art network with broadband, high-speed capabilities
domestic: integrated network of coaxial cables, open-wire, microwave radio relay, and domestic satellite earth stations
international: country code - 351; 6 submarine cables; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean), NA Eutelsat; tropospheric scatter to Azores; note - an earth station for Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region) is planned (1998)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 47, FM 172 (many are repeaters), shortwave 2 (1998)

Television broadcast stations
62 (plus 166 repeaters; includes Azores and Madeira Islands) (1998)

Internet country code

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
20 (1999)

Internet hosts
836,616 (2007)

Internet users
3.213 million (2006)




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