Portuguese 5G consultation resumes; MTRs to drop on 1 July 2020

19 Jun 2020

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its unfinished 5G consultation process has resumed, as the country’s ‘state of emergency’ is no longer in force. The new consultation deadline has been set at 3 July, after which date the watchdog hopes to proceed with its delayed sale of 5G-suitable spectrum.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 30 December 2019 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. The spectrum sale was originally expected to take place this summer but has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other regulatory news, the mobile termination rate (MTR) in Portugal will drop to EUR0.0036 per minute from 1 July 2020, down from the EUR0.0040 per minute rate which has been in effect since July 2019. Going forward, the fixed termination rate (FTR) will decrease to EUR0.00046 per minute from 1 October 2020.