5G Auction: Bids from operators in the 223.6 million on the 22nd bidding day – Telecommunications

Today’s proposals, according to accounts made by Lusa from the available data, totaled 223.6 million euros, which compares with the 221.9 million euros recorded on Thursday.

The main bid includes the operators Altice Portugal (Meo), Nos, Vodafone Portugal and also Dense Air and aims to allocate rights to use frequencies in the 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.6 GHz, after a first phase exclusively for new entrants.

As has been the case since the fourth bidding day, only a lot of the freed-up DTT band (700 MHz) is still without any offer.

Thus, in the 700 MHz band, the bidding price remains at 19.2 million euros. In all, offers total 96 million euros. The 700 MHz band has six lots.

Also in the 900 MHz band, the four available lots continue to present no change in the reserve price, with the operators’ offer remaining at 24 million euros.

In the 2.1 GHz band, which had been of greatest interest until January 18, with the offer reaching 10.405 million euros (base price was two million euros), it rose on the seventh day to 10.616 million euros , a value that remains today.

In the 2.6 GHz band, the three lots today totaled 22.261 million euros, against 21.2 million euros the day before.

The 3.6 GHz band, with 40 lots, totaled 70.8 million euros, which compares with 70 million euros in the previous bid.

At this frequency, two lots have maintained the reserve price since the start of the main auction, 22 days ago.

In a previous phase, the bidding process for new entrants had taken place for eight days, which resulted in a cash inflow of 84 million euros on the last day (January 11).

The final amount allocated to the auction depends on the lots that are allocated during the process and whether they are acquired at the reserve price, with Anacom pointing to revenues of around 237.9 million euros.

There is no official information of the bidder.

New entrants can benefit from national roaming access to the networks of operators already installed, regardless of the quality of spectrum they acquire, according to the conditions of the auction.

The lawsuit has been widely contested by historic operators, involving lawsuits, precautionary measures and complaints to Brussels, considering that the regulation has “illegal” and “discriminatory” measures, which encourages divestment.

5G licenses will be awarded during the first quarter of this year.

Source: Jornal de Negócios by www.jornaldenegocios.pt.

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