ANACOM approves 5G auction results; companies have ten days to pay for spectrum

25 Nov 2021

Portugal’s National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM) has confirmed that its board of directors has approved the final auction report relating to the recently concluded multi-band 5G spectrum sale. The auction results were rubber-stamped on 23 November and the winning bidders now have ten working days to pay for the frequencies that they successfully bid on.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the auction – which commenced on 14 January – concluded on 27 October, after 1,727 rounds of bidding. The process generated a total of EUR566.8 million (USD657.6 million). Alongside incumbent mobile operators PT Portugal (MEO), Nos and Vodafone Portugal, the auction also saw bidding activity from Grupo MASMOVIL-backed cableco Nowo, Dixarobil Telecom, which is owned by Romania’s Digi Communications and mobile network densification specialist Dense Air. All six companies acquired 5G-suitable frequencies.

Nos spearheaded the bidding, agreeing to pay EUR165.1 million for a combination of 700MHz, 900MHz, 2100MHz and 3.6GHz spectrum. Next in line was Vodafone (EUR133.2 million; 700MHz/3.6GHz), followed by MEO (EUR125.2 million; 700MHz/900MHz/3.6GHz). In terms of the ‘new’ bidders, Nowo bid EUR70.2 million for 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz spectrum, while Dixarobil offered EUR67.3 million for spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands. Finally, Dense Air committed to pay EUR5.8 million for 3.6GHz frequencies.