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Action 46 in Portugal flag Portugal

Member States to develop national broadband plans

Indicator Status Evidence
Do you have a National Broadband Plan which specifies a set of measurable broadband targets or will you have such a plan in place before 31st December 2012? Yes The National Broadband Plan is already in place in Portugal: http://agendadigital.gov.pt/en/lisbon-strategy/digital-agenda/list.aspx. The Plan identifies the “next generation networks” as one of the five priority strands of action. The key goal is to reach a level of national coverage of fixed Next Generation Networks by the end of 2012 and mobile NGNs by the end of 2015. One of the measures to reach this goal is by promoting “Next Generation Broadband for All” by promoting the creation of a nationwide infrastructure that guarantees the provision of increased bandwidth (at a speed greater than or equal to 50 Mbit/s) in the connection to the end user. INDICATORS AND GOALS • Percentage of municipalities with fixed NGN network coverage: 100% in 2012. • National LTE Coverage: 100% in 2015. • Percentage of the population in rural municipalities with a Public Telecom Services carried over NGN Broadband and Smart Work Places: 80% in 2013; 100 % in 2015. • Percentage of Government Services with access to NGN broadband for each one of the areas specified in the Digital Agenda: 80% in 2013; 100% in 2015.
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% broadband coverage by 2013? Yes One of the key goals of the Digital Agenda 2015 is to reach a level of national coverage of fixed Next Generation Networks by the end of 2012.
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 100% coverage over 30Mbps by 2020? Yes One of the measures to reach the goal of “national coverage of fixed Next Generation Networks by the end of 2012” is by promoting “Next Generation Broadband for All” through the creation of a nationwide infrastructure that guarantees the provision of increased bandwidth (at a speed greater than or equal to 50 Mbit/s) in the connection to the end user.
Does the Plan meet the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe target for 50% of households to have subscriptions over 100 Mbps by 2020? - on going process to meet this objective
Have supportive measures been introduced to support the achievement of National Broadband Plan targets? Yes In the context of the strategic priority for the country to invest in NGA and aiming at ensuring the territory cohesion and the defence of equal opportunities, the Government promoted the investment on NGN in rural areas through the launch (in 2009) of public tenders for the installation, management, operation and maintenance of NGN in several regions of Portugal. This program aims to cover 140 municipalities involving more than 1 million people and is supported by the European Union. The municipalities covered are those without coaxial cable network and without co-located operators and where all the parishes comprising the municipality are classified as rural by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). According to tender rules, it must be guaranteed within 24 months a minimum coverage of 50% of the population and a minimum download speed of 40 Mbps per final user, in the geographic area of each municipality. Each high-speed network shall be operated as an open network, whereby it must be ensured that, for a period of twenty years, there is a wholesale offer available which provides all operators and providers of electronic communications services interested in the use of such networks with access thereto for the provision of services to end-users. In 2010 the Government awarded the NGN contracts in those regions.

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