76% of Expats Have Access to Fibre Internet While 24% Rely on Mobile Internet

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Last updated on June 14, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 2 minutes

A recent study conducted here at Portugalist.com revealed that 76% of expats in Portugal can get fibre internet at their homes while 24% can only get mobile or satellite internet. Fibre internet speeds typically go up to 1 gbps, depending on the package, with some packages capable of going up to 10 gbps. Mobile internet speeds, in comparison, typically offer around 10 mbps.

This means that even the slowest internet package is capable of speeds that are more than 20 times that of the average mobile internet speed. In an age where more and more expats work from home or use the internet for video calls and streaming, having internet is essential, and prospective homeowners and renters should always check the internet availability at a property.

The study analysed 100 enquiries from homeowners and renters checking internet options at their property. Just over three quarters were able to get fibre internet, and typically had a choice of three different packages: 200 mbps, 500 mbps, and 1 gbps. In certain parts of mainland Portugal, including Lisbon and Porto, people were able to get a package from MEO which offers speeds of up to 10 gbps.

The areas where people were unable to get fibre internet included areas within the Algarve, Alentejo, and Central Portugal. However, there were a number of other enquiries from expats in the same regions who were able to get fibre-optic internet. In large urban areas, such as Lisbon or Porto, fibre broadband was almost always available, although clients don’t always have the luxury of choosing between all three of the main internet service providers: MEO, NOS, and Vodafone.

It does to show that you should never assume that you can get fibre internet, even if it’s typically available in the same part of Portugal as you. Always check if fibre is available at a property before signing the purchase deeds or a rental contract using our internet options checker.

It’s not unusual for fibre internet to be available in a town or city, but unavailable just a few kilometres outside. This isn’t limited to the most rural parts of the country, such as the Alentejo or Central Portugal but includes parts of the country with large numbers of expats and tourists, such as the Algarve.

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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