The pole of information, communication and electronics technologies TICE today considered that the fifth generation auction (5G) has an “imbalance of obligations and benefits” between new entrants and traditional operators, advances Lusa.
“We are more than a year late and the auction comes out with an imbalance of obligations” between the new entrants and the historic telecommunications operators, said Pedro Roseiro, from TICE, in the parliamentary committee on Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing, during the hearing on the fifth generation auction process.
The official pointed out that new entrants do not have to invest in innovation and defended public investment.
Emphasizing that “there is no question of the possibility of new entrants entering the field”, which is even “something healthy”, but rather aspects that are “the imbalances” in the demands of new actors and historic operators.
“I would like to emphasize that new entrants are not required to guarantee coverage” in the regions with the lowest density and make “infrastructure” available to existing operators, he continued.
He defended the existence of rural networks, with neutral operators that put their network at the service and others, which can be participated by municipal entities.
The 5G auction process is marked by the ‘war’ between operators and the regulator Anacom, which led to complaints to Brussels, court cases, including precautionary measures, and divestment announcements in Portugal.
If, on the one hand, the president of Anacom, João Cadete de Matos, considers that the regulation of the 5G auction presents “a set of balanced conditions” and expects that the allocation of licenses allows an “improvement” in the sector’s competition, operators disagree and have already taken precautionary measures against the rules and against Dense Air’s license (which they consider illegal).
The operators defend the recovery of the license of Dense Air, whose spectrum is essential in 5G, which they accuse in ten years of never having launched any commercial service in Portugal.
Historical operators claim that the auction rules are “illegal and unacceptable”, criticize national roaming obligations and accuse Anacom of jeopardizing the sector’s sustainability.
As of November 23, the pole of information, communication and electronics technologies had considered that the conflict and litigation surrounding the 5G auction should “deserve particular attention from parliament, from whom firm action is expected”.
In an open letter to civil society institutions and parliament, in particular, the board of directors of TICE.PT, which is representative of the ‘cluster’ of information and communication technologies, expressed, at the time, its “concern with noise and conflict over the 5G regulation [quinta geração] in Portugal”.
The board of directors of TICE.PT is composed of Alcino Lavrador (Altice Labs), Hugo Bolé (ANETIE), Pedro Almeida (Portuguese Press Association), Cipriano Lomba (Efacec), João Paulo Cabecinha (Clintt), Paulo Martins (Incentea) , Augustin Olivier (Inesc Tec), Gabriel Santos (Inforlândia), Pedro Roseiro (Inova-ria), Marcelino Pousa (Institute of Telecommunications), Marília Curado (Pedro Nunes Institute), Manuel Ramalho Eanes (NOS) and Jorge Sousa (Visabeira Global ).
The Cluster TICE.PT, was created in 2008, with headquarters in Aveiro, says the entity, which is composed of 10 associations, seven centers of research and technological development, eight institutions of higher education and 59 companies (distributed by 13 large, 33 SMEs and 13 micro and ‘startups’).
The 5G auction for new entrants started today, according to several media, while the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Anacom) does not confirm the information.