Digi confirms Dixarobil speculation; plans Portuguese launch

3 Nov 2021

Romanian telecoms group Digi Communications has confirmed that it is the owner of Dixarobil Telecom, the enigmatic start-up that participated in the recently concluded multi-band spectrum auction in Portugal. Last week the National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) included Dixarobil on its list of successful bidders, prompting widespread speculation about the company’s identity. Digi has now informed its investors: ‘The company welcomes ANACOM’s decision which will allow the group to expand its business [in] the Portuguese market, in order to provide high quality, affordable telecommunication services, based on the latest technologies.’

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the 5G auction concluded late last month, after nine months and 1,727 rounds of bidding. The process generated a total of EUR566.8 million (USD657.6 million). Dixarobil offered EUR67.3 million for spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands.

As per ANACOM documentation, the watchdog registered Dixarobil Telecom as an electronic communications services provider on 23 June 2021 – mid way through the long-running 5G auction.