The main bidding phase of the auction for the fifth generation of the mobile network (5G) continues to arouse the interest of operators. On the fifth day of bidding, the bids from telecommunications operators amounted to 194,262 million euros, in the set of 54 lots of available bands. This is the stage in which Meo, NOS, Vodafone and Dense Air can participate.
According to data released by the National Communications Authority (Anacom), five rounds of bidding took place. The total value registered today exceeds by more than one million euros the proposals presented on Tuesday.
At auction there are bands from 700 MHz, 900 MHz, 2,1 GHz, 2,6 GHz and 3,6 GHz. In the set of more than 50 lots in competition, the total base price is 195,9 million. This Wednesday, seven lots saw their base price increase.
In the 700 MHz band, which until December 2020 hosted Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), demand has not yet undergone any change compared to the defined base price. Since the start of this phase of the auction, the price of lots in the old DTT band has remained at 19,2 million euros. Incidentally, one of the six lots on this frequency has not received any offers yet.
The same situation is verified in the four lots of 900 MHz. Since the second phase of the 5G auction started, the basic bidding value remains at six million euros.
The single batch at 2,1 GHz, which was initially worth just two million euros, saw its value soar to 10,405 million euros on the third bidding day. On the fifth day, this track continues to be worth more than ten million. For the four batches of 2,6 GHZ, with a base price of 3 million, today there were proposals totaling 12,235 million, an increase of 451 thousand euros compared to the fourth day of bidding.
The 3,6 GHz band, with 40 lots at different base prices, totaled 51,622 million euros. In comparison with yesterday's bids, the total value of the bids increased by 643 thousand euros.
On January 11, the first bidding phase ended, which was reserved for new entrants. That is, for companies outside the Portuguese market with an interest in entering the sector telco national. The first phase lasted eight days and resulted in an investment of 84 million euros for the State coffers. At auction were bands in 900 MHz and 1.800 MHz, which will be used mainly for 4G services.
According to “Expansión”, the three lots at 1.800 MHz were launched by the Spanish MásMóvil, which intends to build a 4G network in Lisbon, Porto and Algarve.
The final amount allocated to the frequency auction will depend 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. Now, taking into account the final result of the first phase of the auction and the value to which the proposals in the second phase already reach, the minimum expected revenue is already assured.
There is no official information of the bidder. The sector regulator expects to allocate 5G licenses by the end of March.