The Government will create a working group to decide which model of the Integrated System of Emergency and Security Networks in Portugal (SIRESP), after June 30, 2021, when the contract with Altice Portugal and Motorola ends, being it is possible that there will be an extension of it after its end. To Jornal Económico, the executive president of Altice Portugal, Alexandre Fonseca, showed the company's availability to continue to supply SIRESP, if so understood by the Government and SIRESP SA
"Continuity or not, and in what ways, will be something that between the Government and SIRESP SA should be discussed and we are the service provider", he told JE, when questioned by the possibility opened by the Government of the contract related to the network national emergency measures to be prolonged.
On June 16, the Minister of Home Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, said during the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees, that the leading ministry and the Ministry of Finance will create a working group to determine the future model of the state's emergency communications network after 2021. The government admitted, however, the service concession to Altice and Motorola will be extended beyond June 2021, if the new model of the SIRESP system has not been defined by that date.
"In the current contract, continuity is foreseen if by June 2021 these legal issues are not concluded," stated the minister, then, referring to the provision of the service as a "concession contract".
To Jornal Económico, the CEO of Altice Portugal explained, however, that “there is no longer a concession contract [between the State and Altice]”. “What exists today between Altice and SIRESP SA, which is a company of which we are no longer members or shareholders, is a service provision, operation, maintenance and management contract for the SIRESP network, which is provided by Altice Portugal ”, he clarified.
"And it will be so, not only during the current contract, which, as it is public, ends in June 2021, but will be after that date for as long as SIRESP SA deems appropriate, if it so chooses".
The state bought for seven million euros the share of private operators, Altice and Motorola, in SIRESP SA, taking 100%, in a transfer that took place in December 2019. Nevertheless, Altice Portugal and Motorola continue to supply SIRESP until 30 June 2021, respecting the date on which the public-private partnership signed by the State with the two companies in 2006 would end.
At the time of the 100% acquisition of the company, the State, which already controlled 33,3% (via Parvalorem), paid 5,5 million euros to Altice Portugal, for the 52,1% it held in SIRESP SA (via PT Móveis ), and 1,5 million euros to Motorola Solutions Portugal, for 14,9% of the capital of the company that manages the national emergency network.
The State pays 2,6 million euros annually to Altice for SIRESP communications, according to revealed a working group created by the Government in June 2019 at a parliamentary hearing on the future of the national emergency network.