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DREM releases time series on Communications for the Autonomous Region of Madeira

The Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) releases today, for the first time, a time series on Communications in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM), for the period 2000-2019. This series, which will be updated every year, was based on information collected directly by Statistics Portugal (INE) and by the National Communications Authority (ANACOM), with which DREM has been in contact – through its regional office ­– in the sense that in the future more data from this area of ​​growing importance, regionally disaggregated, will be guaranteed.

Electronic communications – Madeira is ahead of the country regarding the penetration of high-speed networks and services at a fixed location for residential customers

According to data provided by ANACOM, the number of high-speed networks and services at a fixed location of residential customers almost quintupled in the Region between 2011 and 2019, settling at 71,200 in the 4th quarter of 2019. It increased by 10.2% when compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

In the 4th quarter of 2019, the penetration rate of residential customers facing private households reached 75.9%, 7.6 percentage points (pp) above the same period of the prior year. According to information published by ANACOM, the regional rate exceeded the national average (67.3%) by 8.6 pp.

This growth trend has also occurred in cabled high-speed households, both in optic fibre networks FTTH (Fibre to the Home), the main access technology at a fixed location, as well as, in cable TV networks HFC (Hybrid Fibre-Coaxial). By the end of the 4th quarter of 2019, the number of households in the Autonomous Region of Madeira cabled with optic fibre (FTTH/B) by all operators was 129,855, representing a 14.8% growth y-o-y. It should be noted that in the 4th quarter of 2010, that number was only 15,514. If considered the households prepared to receive these services, but supported by cable TV networks, there were 73,288 households in the Autonomous Region of Madeira under these circumstances in the 4th quarter of 2019, up by 1,460 (+2.0%) from the same period of the previous year. In the 4th quarter of 2010, that number was 66,830.

Regarding broadband Internet access at a fixed location, in 2019, the coverage reached 37.5% of the Madeiran population, to be compared to 38.6% on a national level. Porto Santo (46.8%), Funchal (43.6%) and Calheta (38.7%) were the municipalities with the highest coverage rates, in contrast with Câmara de Lobos (27.9%), Santana (29.2%) and Ribeira Brava (31.9%), which had the lowest rates. In 2019, the number of broadband internet accesses (at a fixed location) in the residential segment was 80,643 and in the non-residential segment of 14,611, which totalled 95,254 (+3.9% than in 2018).

The number of subscribers of television subscription services has steadily increased over time. In 2004 – the first year for which this indicator is available – the number was 65,520, and in 2019, were counted 102,874 subscribers, increasing 2.2% over 2018.

The number of telephone accesses per 100 inhabitants in the Autonomous Region of Madeira increased successively between 2011 and 2018, when it reached a peak of 47.84 accesses. In 2019, there was a reduction to 45.31 accesses, 2.53 fewer accesses per 100 inhabitants compared to the previous year. In the same year, the number of major residential telephone accesses reached 88,296, while the number of non-residential accesses fell to 30,720 accesses. Overall, the number of accesses was approximately 119,016.

With the widespread use of mobile phones, the number of public telephone stations has been decreasing in the recent years, from 349, in 2013, to 222, in 2018. However, in 2019, the increase in the municipalities of Funchal (4 more public telephones) and Santa Cruz (+6) when compared to the previous year, allowed the growth of the total number of telephone stations in the Region to 229.

Postal services – Creation of new post offices branches offset the reduction of post offices

The number of post offices in the Region remained stable between 2000 and 2012, where the number of post offices in the Region was 28. From 2013 on, a downward trend began which lead the number of post offices to 19, in 2019, that is, between 2012 and 2019, the number of post offices fell by 32.1%.

Regarding post offices branches, between 2000 and 2015, the fluctuations were minimal, with the figures relatively stable. In 2015, the number of post offices was 24. From 2016 on, there was a successive growth until 2019, when the number of post offices reached 36. If considered the total number of postal office establishments, in 2019, there was an increase of 3 establishments compared to 2012 (52 postal office establishments), with the new post offices branches exceeding the post offices closed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

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