Portuguese operator Nos has announced that its 5G network is now available ‘across the country’. Miguel Almeida, CEO of Nos, commented: ‘This is the moment we have been waiting for and for which we have been prepared for a long time. We will finally be able to deliver the technology that will transform everything and open up possibilities that have never been imagined before. 5G will be a central pillar in the digital transition process of Portuguese society and in the reinforcement of the competitiveness of our economy.’ While it has not been officially confirmed, the cellco’s 5G FAQ section suggests that the new network utilises a 100MHz block of 3.6GHz spectrum.
Previously, in October 2019 Nos confirmed that Matosinhos had become the first Portuguese city to achieve 100% 5G coverage. The network was deployed by Huawei and comprises 20 base transceiver stations (BTS). Nos launched its first 5G-capable smartphone – the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G – on 1 August 2019. (Note: in order for Nos to operate the network, National Communications Authority [Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, ANACOM] allowed the telco to utilise a temporary block of 3.5GHz spectrum.)
As reported by CommsUpdate, in October Nos was announced as the leading bidder in Portugal’s long running 5G spectrum auction. The telco agreed to pay EUR165.1 million (USD190.6 million) for a combination of 700MHz, 900MHz, 2100MHz and 3.6GHz spectrum.