Anacom President denies delays for 5G Network

in News · 06-12-2019 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

The President of the National Communications Authority (Anacom) has said that operators’ criticism of possible delays in the process of implementing the fifth generation mobile (5G) in Portugal “has no basis or foundation”.

ANACOM’s response comes after the president of Altice said that there are almost irreparable delays” in the implementation of 5G in Portugal, accusing the regulator of inaction.

João Cadete de Matos assured that “there is no strict delay” and that the timetable that is being met is the one that has been approved by the Government and assumed by several countries.

“In the case of this statement by Altice’s manager, it is even less understandable when Altice said a year ago that there should be a postponement of this change. We didn’t want to do that because we wanted Portugal to be at the forefront of the move to 5G,” he said.

In the same vein, also in remarks to journalists, the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, Alberto Souto de Miranda, assured that there are no delays in relation to the 5G implementation process in Portugal.

“Portugal from a practical point of view is not behind schedule and the European calendar will be respected,” he said.

When asked about the exchange of accusations between Altice and Anacom, the official said it was “normal for disputes between operators and regulators”, but that the Government “hopes that the environment will normalise and tranquillity will prevail.”


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