Portugal will no longer have 5G in 2020. ANACOM postpones auction to October

After the several delays related to COVID-19, ANACOM has just communicated the new calendar for 5G, pushing the spectrum allocation to 2021, which means that Portugal does not meet the goals defined by the European Union, which wants each country have at least one city with 5G later this year. The Government had set the bar higher, pointing to two cities with 5G in Portugal, one on the coast and the other in a low density territory.

In a statement, the communications market regulator says that "once this phase of the procedure is concluded, ANACOM considers it opportune to update the indicative timetable for the auction, in view of the impact of the suspension of the public consultation procedure between March and June due to the crisis. pandmica, replacing the calendar that had been published in December 2019 ".

SAPO TEK had already said yesterday that ANACOM received around 500 contributions in the public consultation on the 5G that ended on 3 July and that it intended to receive comments on the draft regulation of the auction for the allocation of rights of use for frequencies for 5G and other relevant bands, including 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.6 GHz.

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The start of the auction is now scheduled for October, ending in December 2020. The conclusion of the procedures for the assignment of frequency rights thus referred to January / February 2021.

It is recalled that among the strategic goals defined in the Resolution for 5G, it was defined "until the end of the year 2020, at least one city located in low density territories, according to the delimitation adopted by the Interministerial Coordination Commission in the deliberation of March 26, 2015, and a coastal city, with more than 50 thousand inhabitants, should be covered with 5G network, through individual networks of each of the operators, shared networks or wholesale networks ".

The 5G auction is the basis for the allocation of new generation licenses for mobile networks in Portugal and the project presented in February foresees the possibility of entry of new operators, as well as "ambitious objectives" of coverage. The reserve price was set at 237.9 million euros, adding up all the spectrum bands that are made available. For 700 MHz, Anacom foresees the allocation of six lots of 2 x 5 MHz in the amount of 19.20 million euros. euros each, in the total amount of 115.20 million. For the 3.6 GHz band, 40 10 MHz batches will be available for a total value of approximately 45 million euros.

SAPO TEK has already contacted ANACOM and the Ministry to understand the impact of this calendar change on the established goals and is awaiting a response.

Editor's Note: The news has been updated with more information. Last update at 16h48