Portuguese 5G auction earmarked to start in October

14 Jul 2020

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its 5G auction consultation process has now concluded, generating around 500 responses from industry stakeholders, government agencies and manufacturers. As such, the watchdog has released an ‘indicative calendar’, which foresees the spectrum sale commencing in October, and the frequencies being distributed in January or February 2021.

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 was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.