Portuguese 700MHz roadmap approved; spectrum will support 5G

4 Jul 2018

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has approved the proposed ‘roadmap’ for the distribution of 700MHz spectrum, which it hopes will support future 5G wireless services. According to the watchdog, the 694MHz-790MHz band – which is currently used for digital terrestrial television services – will be freed up by 30 June 2020. The band is currently being used by some 240 TV stations, which will be granted spectrum in the 470MHz-694MHz range instead. The release of the band will commence in 4Q19, ANACOM notes.

In March 2018 ANACOM unveiled a public 5G consultation, highlighting a number of spectrum bands which it was considering making available to cellcos for 5G use. Alongside the 700MHz band, other frequencies under discussion include the 450MHz, 900MHz, 1500MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2.6GHz, 3.6GHz and 26GHz bands.