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Apritel shows concern about the position occupied by Portugal in the European broadband ranking. The Association of Telecommunications Operators reveals ECTA figures for the first quarter of this year, to show that Portugal is losing ground again compared to European partners in this area.

Data from the European Competitive Telecommunications Association reveal that between January and March the broadband penetration rate in Portugal increased at a rate of 9 percent, having established itself as the second lowest in the EU. This mark is reached in the same quarter when the EU finally reaches a growth rate identical to that of regions such as the United States and Japan. In these first three months of the year, the average growth of broadband in the EU increased to 16 percent .

«The results revealed by this study, which demonstrate a weak penetration of broadband in Portugal, compared to the European average, are a mirror of the country’s lack of competitiveness at this level», underlines Luis Reis, president of Apritel.

«In order to achieve high penetration rates, there must be real competition, that is, with all players operating in the market, enjoying the same conditions», continues the same person in charge. The document reveals that Portugal reached in the period a penetration of 14.6 percent in broadband, compared to an average coverage rate of 18.1 percent in the European Union, which places the country in 15th place in the table among the 27 countries analyzed, with 1.54 million connections.

In the study ECTA highlights the significant growth in broadband Internet access technologies in countries such as Cyprus (54%), Greece (69%), Ireland (38%), Lithuania (30%), Poland (47%) and Slovakia (57%).

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