“On January 14, 2021, the main bidding phase of the auction began,” says the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (Anacom).
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.
On this first day, “four rounds took place”, says the regulator.
The proposals made were slightly above 180 million euros and, in general, are very close to the indicated reserve price.
The 2.1 GHz and 2.6 GHZ bands were those that registered the most interest in today’s bidding, with the values rising.
Previously, the bidding phase for new entrants had passed for eight days, which resulted in a cash inflow of 84 million euros on the last day (11 January).
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 on who bid in the entry phase.
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 process 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.