ANACOM suspends digital migration, postpones release of 700MHz band

17 Mar 2020

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has announced that it has suspended the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration process to ensure that no one is left without access to a functioning TV signal during the ongoing COVID-19 (‘Coronavirus’) pandemic. The watchdog says that the process will resume ‘as soon as conditions associated with the pandemic permit’, but the release of the 700MHz band will no longer take place on 30 June 2020, as planned.

TeleGeography notes that six 2×5MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum were scheduled to be included in ANACOM’s multi-band 5G spectrum auction in 2Q20, alongside frequencies in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz and 3.6GHz bands.