The study is complete.
Its main conclusions point to the fact that, amid the country's difficult economic situation, the telecommunications industry is doing relatively well. Penetration of services is generally lower than the average for the EU, with the exception of mobile telephony. The Portuguese telecommunications network is almost exclusively terrestrial. There are some VSAT customers and a DTH network provided by the largest Portuguese cable operator, for subscribers whose households are not passed by cable. Some international communication traffic is also routed via satellite. Otherwise, the (fully digital) fixed switched networks cover 100% of the population, as well as the mobile ones, and the cable networks cover ca. 70% of the country's households. Portugal's two terrestrial broadcasting analogue networks also cover virtually the whole of the territory. Resulting from the development of the terrestrial infrastructure, the satcom market is virtually inexistent in the country. The entities with interest in satcoms are mainly software houses and R&D organizations. Some cable and equipment manufacturers also seem to consider satcom activities as a way to expand their portfolio. There is some know-how in the satcom area (or in areas that have synergies with satcoms, e.g. mobile and multimedia services), in the software and R&D segments.
However, given the analysis made on their strengths and weaknesses, the success of the Portuguese telecoms organizations in satcom activities depends mainly on a number of key elements, identified in the report. Based on the analysis of those elements, Clama proposed two areas of collaboration between ESA Telecom and the Portuguese telecoms organizations - an industrial and a scientific one. Efforts in those areas should have as a common goal to establish a strong technological base related with the current technology needs, future trends and the Portuguese telecoms industry capabilities. Arising from that, six short and medium term initiatives (projects) were proposed, in connection with the presence of ESA Telecom in Portugal, training in satcoms, the establishment of a satcom watch, partnerships, a Portuguese Satcom Initiative and the Portuguese Space Office.