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Portuguese auction rules aim to encourage new fourth operator

Portugal is the latest country to seek to reverse the trend for MNO consolidation and encourage a new entrant to the market at the 5G stage. Its regulator, Anacom, has published proposed rules for a spectrum auction, to be held in April, and is keen to lower the barriers to entry for a new player – with Spain’s Masmovil firmly in the frame. A new entrant would give Portuguese users a fourth choice of MNO, alongside Altice’s Meo, Vodafone and Nos. “To have a positive impact on competition and on end users, the draft auction regulation contemplates a spectrum reserve for new entrants,” Anacom said in its proposal. Measures designed to make life easier for a new MNO include discounts…

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