Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has intensified its 5G preparations and is now optimistic of staging a multi-band spectrum auction in 2020. As such, a draft decision has been approved designating the 700MHz band for 5G use, while the 3.6GHz range has also been earmarked for 5G access. In addition, the regulator has confirmed that surplus spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands will also be distributed to the country’s mobile operators.
In a related development ANACOM has approved a draft decision relating to the ‘reconfiguration and relocation’ of the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz spectrum currently held by small cell wholesale provider Dense Air Portugal. The spectrum that the UK-owned company holds in Lisbon will be reduced from 168MHz to 100MHz and Dense Air will be relocated to the lower end of the band to allow for increased access for other companies. Dense Air has acknowledged that this change does not make its commercial operation unfeasible, and the watchdog says that the change ‘will contribute to the overall spectral efficiency of the 5G national market’.