The Government presented its strategy for 5G and all attention was on its position in relation to companies considered to be high risk targeted by the European Commission. Even though Brussels did not come up with specific company or country names, it warned member countries to take steps to mitigate cyber hazards related to the fifth mobile generation and presented a toolbox with measures for a coordinated strategy across the European Union .
The government's position was pending in the Council of Ministers, as stated by Alberto Souto de Miranda, Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, at the end of January, on matters related to the auction of frequencies, whose migration started this Friday in Sines . In the negotiation was the amount that the State intended to collect at the auction, as well as the fees for licensing frequencies.
Andr de Arago Azevedo, the Secretary of the digital transition, said at the press conference that there must be greater territorial cohesion to leverage technology, such as 5G and artificial intelligence, referring to the concern to introduce a calendar by 2025. The Government wants to maintain an electronic platform, in open data, to keep the process completely transparent. The Planning and Infrastructure Administration, Pedro Nuno Santos, highlights the impact of the transformations that 5G will bring, of the data transmission volume "100 times faster", which gives an arrangement of 1 million pieces of equipment per km2. Although it is up to the regulator to assign the spectrum, the Government that has to regulate it, having as reference what the technological companies underlined about the width of the spectrum in auction, something that was previously met by assigning more frequencies.
An ambitious calendar
The Government says that the value of frequencies is not a priority or to receive maximum revenue, but rather to ensure that companies access the 5G spectrum. The challenge is to finance the digital transition, says the Minister of Infrastructure. By the end of 2020, the European Union determined to have at least one city with 5G, but the Government highlights as its objective two cities, one on the coast with more than 50 thousand inhabitants, and the other having to be in the interior of the country, just so The capacity of the mobile fifth generation is effectively tested.
By 2023, all councils with more than 75,000 inhabitants, public hospitals and coastal health centers, political universities, 50% of industrial parks, international airports and military installations are some of the Government's requirements, including major highways, much of the railway line, 98% of the metro, main Portuguese ports. In 2025, a large part of the population will also have to be served. "An ambitious timetable for the next 5 years", stresses the minister. The effort will have to be made by the companies that access the auction, but be supported by the Government.