The first phase of the 5G auction, reserved for operators that do not yet have a presence in the Portuguese mobile market, came to an end today, after 44 rounds. On the eighth day, the bids reached a total value of 84.351 million euros and the companies involved in this phase of the auction remain unknown.
According to the new Anacom data, today only two rounds took place. With regard to the 900 MHz band, only one lot was bid for 30 million euros, the amount that has been maintained since the first round on 22 December last year.
In the 1800 MHz band, where the value of the lots more than quadrupled in relation to the initial price of 4 million euros. Today, three lots were auctioned for 18,117 million euros, reaching a total of 54,351 million.
It is recalled that, on the first day, bids exceeded 48 million euros. In the second, the figure exceeded 60 million, reaching 70 million in the fourth, and 80 million in the sixth.
The value of the spectrum made available in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands more than doubled in relation to the initial reserve price of 42 million euros.
The auction project sets the reserve price of the spectrum at 237.9 million euros, adding up all the spectrum bands that are made available in the various phases of the tender for the allocation of fifth generation mobile licenses.
For 700 MHz, Anacom plans to allocate six lots of 2 x 5 MHz worth 19.20 million euros each, totaling 115.20 million euros. For the 3.6 GHz band, it is considered that 40 lots of 10 MHz will be available for a total value of approximately 45 million euros.
With the first bidding process completed, the general phase will take place in which all interested parties will participate, including MEO, NOS and Vodafone. After the general bidding, consignment follows, with the geographic location of the lots won, and the allocation of rights to use the licenses. According to the updated timetable for the 5G auction, the procedures are expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2021.
Recently, Anacom made it known that, after the completion of the DTT migration process, the 700 MHz bands, which are part of the 5G auction, are ready to use in the northern region of the country. The track monitoring initiative to be allocated to fifth generation networks will continue in the coming weeks and months in the rest of mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira.