Portuguese telecoms regulator, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, or National Communications Authority (ANACOM), reports that the number of mobile broadband users in Portugal reached 3.47 million at 31 December 2012, up by 9.7% quarter-on-quarter and 18.8% year-on-year, whilst 978,000 of the total were USB modem/data card users. According to ANACOM’s data, Telecomunicacoes Moveis Nacionais (TMN) had the largest share of mobile broadband users at the end of 2012 with 40.5%, followed closely by Vodafone Portugal (38.3%), while Optimus accounted for 19.9%, and 1.3% of users were signed up to broadband company Zon Multimedia’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) division. However, mobile broadband data traffic shares in the fourth quarter of 2012 were a different story, as ANACOM reported that Optimus’ users accounted for the largest share of traffic (40.4%), followed by TMN (32.1%), Vodafone (21.4%) and Zon (2.1%). TeleGeography notes that Zon and Optimus are currently in the process of merging.
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