ANACOM approves 900MHz, 1800MHz renewal for MEO, Vodafone

5 May 2021

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has issued a draft decision approving the renewal of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands for MEO and Vodafone Portugal. The spectrum permits – which were last renewed in March 2012 – have been extended until 21 April 2033.

As part of the renewal process, ANACOM has imposed additional coverage obligations on the two cellcos. Between them, MEO and Vodafone must extend coverage to 100 parishes with low population density, ensuring download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Of these 100 parishes, MEO will have to cover 56 and Vodafone will have to cover 44. The two operators must agree on the precise distribution of parishes by 30 June 2022.

The decision is now subject to a public consultation, which will last 20 working days.