The president of the National Communications Authority (Anacom), João Cadete de Matos, guaranteed this Thursday that the fifth generation of mobile communications, 5G, will reach “full coverage” in Portugal in 2025.
“Each and every parish in our country will have, within two years, therefore, by 2023, an improvement in coverage. I would say that in 2025, then yes, we will have full coverage of mobile communications in our country” , guaranteed.
The president of Anacom, who was speaking during a conference on the second day of the fifth edition of the aeronautical summit Cimeira Aérea de Portugal, at the Ponte de Sor Municipal Aerodrome (Portalegre), also referred that in relation to 5G there are “obligations” that are defined in the regulation of the auction that is underway, which will allow “response” to the expectations and interests of citizens and economic activities. João Cadete de Matos also underlined that aviation “cannot be left out” of this challenge, estimating a “very significant” growth of the 5G market in the sector worldwide. “Worldwide, this year, it is estimated a value of around 500 million dollars, with an expected growth of up to 3.9 billion dollars in 2026”, he said.
In the course of his speech, the president of Anacom also addressed the issue of sustainability of the space, noting that this issue “cannot be ignored” in the future, warning that it is becoming “matterly” congested.
“Space is becoming matterfully congested due to the high number of satellites in orbit, the almost uncontrolled increase in the placing in orbit of mega constellations and, above all, due to the excessive number of debris in orbit close to the Earth and the international space station itself “, he said.
For the president of Anacom, this is an issue “not only political”, but also for the industry and the scientific community, since the residues that “orbit” in space “may put at risk” manned commissions, communication systems and observation of atmospheric phenomena and meteorology.
“For our part, Anacom, as a space authority, will demand that everyone who wants to develop space activities licensed in Portugal comply with the strictest international standards”, he guaranteed.