Portuguese cellcos contact PM asking for cut-price 5G licences

4 Feb 2020

Portuguese mobile trio PT Portugal (MEO), Nos and Vodafone have reportedly sent a joint letter to prime minister Antonio Costa, requesting that 5G licence fees do not exceed EUR50 million (USD55.3 million) per operator – less than half of the figure each company paid for 4G-suitable spectrum back in November 2011. Business daily Jornal Economico reports that the respective CEOs have expressed ‘great concern and apprehension’ regarding the 5G auction process.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Portugal’s 4G multi-band spectrum auction took place in November 2011. Nos and MEO paid EUR113 million apiece for spectrum in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, while Vodafone paid an extra EUR30 million for 900MHz frequencies.

The 5G auction, which is earmarked to take place in 2Q20, will comprise 700MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz and 3.6GHz spectrum.

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