5G: Government recalls that bidders are subject to coverage obligations – Last Minute

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing (MIH) welcomed this Wednesday the end of the 5G auction, warning that bidders “will be subject to compliance with the obligations established in the auction regulations”, namely coverage.


In a statement, the tutelage “welcomes the news advanced by Anacom [Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações] that the main bidding phase of the “5G Auction and other relevant bands” ended today after 1,727 rounds and after 200 days, which allows to conclude the bidding phases with the clearance of the total amount of 566.802 million euros”. MIH later says that “it will now be necessary for Anacom to complete the process, under the terms of the regulation, which will culminate in the attribution of usage rights to the bidders”.

After that, he stresses, “the respective holders will be subject to compliance with the obligations established in the auction regulation, namely coverage obligations”.

The Government recalls that “acquirers who are holders of rights of use in bands intended for electronic communications are required to cover 95% of the country’s total population and 90% coverage of the population of each of the parishes considered low density, of each of the parishes of the Autonomous Regions of Madeira and the Azores and of each of the parishes that integrate municipalities with parishes of low density”.

The targets in question “were defined until 2025, with intermediate targets until the end of 2023 and 2024”, reads the same note.

The main bid for the 5G auction ended today, more than nine months after it started, after 1,727 rounds, for the “total amount reached” of 566.802 million euros, announced Anacom.

“The main bidding phase of the 5G Auction and other relevant bands ended today after 1,727 rounds and, consequently, the bidding phase of the auction was concluded, with the results shown in the table below having been calculated, including those of the bidding phase for new entrants (44 rounds)”, refers to Anacom on its page.

“The total amount reached amounts to 566.802 million euros”, says the regulator.

“The auction continues under the terms of the respective regulations, with the phases of consignment and attribution of rights of use, a process that includes a prior hearing of candidates and bidders and a final decision by Anacom’s Board of Directors”, it is also mentioned.

According to the data, NOS invested more than 165 million euros, followed by Vodafone Portugal, with 133.2 million euros.

Meo (Altice Portugal) invested more than 125 million euros, according to the regulator, followed by Nowo (Masmóvil), with around 70.1 million euros, by Dixarobil, with 67.3 million euros, and Dense Air (5.7 million euros).

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