Anacom to hold 5G auction in January

Portugal’s telecoms regulator Anacom says that auctions to decide which telecoms operators win tenders to install the 5G network nationwide will be completed by the end of January.

It will pave the way for 5G to be made available for Portuguese businesses and households from the first quarter of 2021.

The President of Anacom, João Cadete de Matos, said in a parliamentary hearing recently that the 5G auction “is running according to the timetable”, adding that the intention was to complete the process in January, creating the conditions for the first commercial rollout in the first quarter of 2021.

“The deadline for the delivery of applications ended a few days ago. In the meantime, we have also carried out checks to verify that the applicants are qualified. We are now entering a second phase where we will be receiving bids and which will occur in two phases. One phase for new players, and later, the main bidding phase,” said João Cadete de Matos.

“We think that in January, depending on the number of rounds, it will be possible to conclude the auctions and, from there, carry out the procedures for granting licences and ensure that businesses can pursue their business based on these licences,” said Cadete de Matos.

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