“Today I have to fight hard” to keep Vodafone in Portugal

  • ECO News
  • 23 November 2020

Mário Vaz, CEO of Vodafone Portugal, reveals in an interview that the operator may rethink its presence in the Portuguese market due to the 5G auction.

Mário Vaz, CEO of Vodafone Portugal, says that today “you have to fight hard” to keep the company in Portugal in its current form. It’s about 5G, whose auction rules announced by Anacom are contested by the sector.

“The last time I gave an interview I said I had never needed to make an effort, to fight, to keep Vodafone in Portugal, for the level of commitment to the country. Today, unfortunately, this is not the case. I have to fight a lot,” Mário Vaz said in an interview with Jornal de Negócios.

“At the time, the group’s previous CEO came to Portugal and in an interview said that the country was the crown jewel. I risk saying that in the next few years we could be the opposite,” he added. According to Mário Vaz, if Vodafone doesn’t take part in the 5G spectrum auction (it hasn’t yet been authorized by its parent company), the company could rethink its presence in Portugal.