ANACOM tries again to speed up 5G auction

3 Jun 2021

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has announced that it has increased the number of daily bidding rounds in its 5G auction, from seven to twelve. On the 81st day of bidding (7 May) the watchdog increased the number of daily bidding rounds from six to seven, but the measure proved insufficient, with ANACOM describing the process as ‘particularly slow’.

With offers rising incrementally by just 1% each time, the watchdog has warned that the slow pace of the auction ‘could result in a disastrous delay in the development and entry into operation of 5G networks, to the detriment of citizens and businesses’. ANACOM has expressed a willingness to allow bids to increase bids by 5%, 10%, 15% or 20%, but the country’s cellcos have proven reluctant to change tack midway through the spectrum sale.

TeleGeography notes that the sale of 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum – which was reserved for new market entrants – concluded on 11 January, after just eight days of bidding. The full 5G auction, which comprises sought-after spectrum in the 700MHz, 2100MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands commenced on 14 January and is now on its 100th day of bidding (3 June).