ANACOM finalises 5G auction plans; reconfigures Dense Air spectrum

2 Jan 2020

On 30 December 2019 Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) issued its final approval regarding the frequencies it intends to distribute for 5G use. As a result, the regulator will auction spectrum in the following bands: 700MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz and 3.6GHz. ANACOM notes that pre-existing regional stipulations have been removed from the 3.6GHz band, and a total of 400MHz in that range will be divided into 10MHz nationwide blocks. The spectrum sale is expected to take place before June 2020.

In a related development, ANACOM has finalised 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’s spectrum will expire on 5 August 2025.