After Vodafone, Nos also tries to stop 5G with injunctions

  • ECO News
  • 12 November 2020

Nos will file two court injunctions, one to try to take the 5G license from Dense Air and the other to change the auction regulation.

The company will proceed with an injunction in the Administrative Court of Lisbon to force Anacom to take the 5G license from Dense Air, as announced by Vodafone on Tuesday. The company will also soon present a second injunction against the 5G auction rules defined by the regulator.

The news was reported by Expresso and confirmed to ECO by an official source of the Portuguese company. The newspaper stresses that if any of these measures are accepted by the courts, the auction of frequencies for the fifth generation of communications network will be suspended until the regulation is reformulated, or the state may invoke “public interest” to continue the process.

It is also public that Vodafone advanced with an injunction this week to cancel Dense Air’s operating license in the 3.6 GHz band, one of the most relevant for the fifth generation, after Anacom kept this old license in the company’s possession, even though it was not used within two years, as it was foreseen when it was assigned in 2010 for another type of services.

Meo, Nos and Vodafone have been insurgent against the rules set forth in the 5G auction regulations, which were known last Thursday. The operators are against the reconfiguration of Dense Air’s spectrum and the special conditions for “new entrants” in the market.