Anacom published a new report on the evolution of telecommunications prices in Portugal, referring to November 2020, which were measured using the Consumer Price Index (IPC) sub-index, based on Eurostat data. According to the regulator, prices increased 0.12% compared to the previous month, highlighting that the change occurred due to the increase in the prices of the offers of the “triple-play” packages.

On the other hand, compared to the same month last year, prices decreased 1.03%, with the average rate of change in prices over the last 12 months being 2.43% less. Anacom stresses that the price reduction is due to the entry into force on 15 May 2019 of the new European rules that regulate the prices of communications practiced in the European Union.

The regulator also updated the figures for the extended period between 2009 and November 2020, reiterating that telecommunications prices in Portugal increased by 6.7%, while in the European Union they decreased by 10.6%. In comparison, it highlights the decrease of countries like Spain (9.4%), Italy (16.9%) and France (24%).

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It should be noted that in last month’s report, Anacom said that prices in Portugal had increased by 6.5% in the same period, compared to the 11% decrease in the European Union. These values ​​gave rise to new challenges from the main telecommunications operators in Portugal, represented by APRITEL, which accused Anacom of distorting information about the reality of telecommunications prices at national level. This position by Anacom even led Altice Portugal to cut institutional relations with the regulator.

Regarding Anacom’s publication about prices in Portugal being above the European Union, APRITEL stated that this position “is not new and resumes a similar approach made in the beginning of 2020”, but accusing the regulator of going further in its opinionated part , “Trying to pass on distorted information about the reality of the sector in Portugal”.

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The regulator states that the differences between the evolution of telecommunications prices in Portugal and in the European Union are “mainly due to the“ price adjustments ”that providers have implemented over several years, usually in the first months of each year”.

In the new report on the evolution of telecommunications prices for November, Anacom highlights Nowo among the lowest monthly fees of seven cases of services / offers available, while MEO and NOS for three types and Vodafone in only one. In the individualized offer of Internet access, Nowo is, according to Anacom, the one with the lowest monthly fee on the market (20 euros).

In a discriminated manner, compared to November 2019, the following price variations stand out:

  • The minimum monthly fee for the most common quintuple play packages (5P) decreased by 0.3%, due to promotions at the end of November, related to “Black Friday”, by MEO and NOS;
  • The minimum monthly fee for the most common quadruple play packages (4P) decreased by 0.4%, also due to changes in Nowo’s offers;
  • The minimum monthly fee for the mobile telephone service with internet on the mobile phone decreased by 36.1%, thanks to the reduction in the monthly fee for Nowo’s offer from 7.5 euros to 5 euros and the introduction of the offer of the first monthly fee;
  • The minimum monthly fee for individual fixed broadband (BLF) increased 4.3%, due to the end of the offer of the first monthly fee for Nowo’s basic service.

“In addition, MEO reduced the minimum monthly fee for four services / offers compared to the same month last year and increased the monthly fee for four other services / offers, while NOS reduced the minimum monthly fees for three services / offers and increased minimum monthly fees for five services / offers and Vodafone increased the minimum monthly fees by six services / offers. Some of these variations were related to “Black Friday” promotions. Particularly noteworthy is the increase in the monthly fee for the triple play offer of MEO, NOS and Vodafone ”, reads the statement.

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