Bidding resumes in Portuguese spectrum auction

6 Jan 2021

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its multi-band spectrum auction – which commenced on 22 December before being paused on 23 December – resumed on 4 January. Bidding for sought-after spectrum in the 700MHz, 2100MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands has yet to commence, however, with the initial stages of the auction concentrating on the allocation of the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, which has been reserved for new market entrants.

At the end of day four 900MHz bids stood at EUR30 million (USD36.8 million), while 1800MHz bids totalled EUR14.84 million. The identities of the new bidders themselves have not been disclosed in ANACOM’s documentation, although MASMOVIL-backed cableco/MVNO Nowo has previously stated its intention to take part in the process.