Portugal added another 46,500 pay-TV subscribers in the third quarter, taking the installed base to over three million.

As of September 30, 2013 there were 3.29 million subscribers, according to the regulator Anacom.

The growth came principally from IPTV-delivered services with a 6.8% increase on the previous quarter. The number of cable television distribution service subscribers fell by 0.8% over the same period.

As at the end of September, the cable TV distribution service represented 41.8% of all subscribers while xDSL represented 22.4% and DTH 18%. Optical fibre (FTTH/B) represented 17.8% of total subscribers and is the technology that has seen most growth.

Grupo NOS reported the highest share of pay-TV subscribers (44.5%). followed by PTC, Vodafone and Cabovisão with shares of 42.1%, 6.7% and 6.5% respectively. Vodafone was the provider that added the largest number of subscribers in net terms during the quarter, making it the third largest provider of this service.

Across the board there was a 1.6% drop in the number of subscribers taking premium channels.