Romanian telecoms group Digi Communications will commence the rollout of its Portuguese 5G network in June, a company source has informed ECO. The initial rollout will cover large urban centres such as Lisbon and Porto, the source added, ahead of a full nationwide rollout. In addition, the company expects to launch a fibre-optic network, although this will rely on wholesale agreements with ‘external providers’. Both the mobile and fixed broadband services are expected to go live in early 2023. Notably, Digi formally changed the name of its Dixarobil Telecom bidding vehicle to DIGI Portugal on 3 May.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Dixarobil Telecom offered EUR67.3 million (USD70.7 million) for spectrum in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands. As per National Communications Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Comunicacoes, 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.