Portugal to clarify MVNO rules

26 Feb 2007

Portugal’s telecoms regulator Anacom is planning to create a new regulatory framework for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Mobile resellers are currently permitted, but Anacom intends to clarify their position via new legislation aimed specifically at the resale sector. The country is currently home to three mobile operators: Portugal Telecom subsidiary TMN, Vodafone, and Optimus, which is backed by Sonaecom. If Sonaecom succeeds with its current bid to take over Portugal Telecom then TMN and Optimus are likely to be merged, in which case Anacom plans to take back some of the entity’s wireless spectrum to be offered to a new licensee.