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- Ducts Access
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- Electronic Commerce
- Emergency Communications
- Electronic communications - market analysis
- Electronic communications - regulatory framework
- ITED - ITUR
- International Activity
- International Roaming
- Leased Lines
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- Numbering, Names and Addressing
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- Postal area
- R&TTE Regulatory Framework
- Spectrum management
- Telephone Service at a Fixed Location and Universal Service
- URSI - Portuguese Committee
Chronology of Mobile Communications in Portugal
MTS/GSM (2nd generation) and IMT2000/UMTS (3rd generation)
8 July 2009
Amendment of Portability Regulation by ANACOM.
1 July 2009
Approval by ANACOM of Regulation on the settlement and collection of fees due thereto.
24 June 2009
ANACOM launches “Roaming Light” information campaign on international roaming.
3 June 2009
ANACOM’s decision on adaptation of the National Numbering Plan (NNP) to message-based valued added services.
20 May 2009
Withdrawal of public tender measure that granted a right of use for frequencies in the 450-470 MHz band, of national scope, for the provision of a publicly available mobile land service.
2 February 2009
Release of an evaluation study of the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony services (UMTS) and network coverage services (GSM and WCDMA) provided in main urban settlements – Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo and Funchal - and motorway axes of mainland Portugal.
14 January 2009
Decision on the inclusion of data of users of mobile telephone services (MTS) in Universal Service (US) directories and directory enquiry services.
31 December 2008
The mobile telephone service reaches 14,910 million subscribers and a rate of penetration of 140.4%.
2 December 2008
Release of an evaluation study of the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony services (UMTS) and network coverage services (GSM and WCDMA) provided in main urban settlements and motorway axes of mainland Portugal.
Public tender for the allocation of a right of use for frequencies in the 450-470 MHz band, of national scope, for the provision of a publicly available mobile land service. The tender winner was Rede Nacional de Telecomunicações, S.A. (RNT).
13 August 2008
ANACOM’s decision on the introduction of mobile communication services on aircraft (MCA).
6 August 2008
Approval by ANACOM of final decision on introduction of the GSM-R system and definition of the respective type of authorisation.
Approval by ANACOM of view taken on call origination prices in mobile networks.
Release of an evaluation study of quality of SMS (short message service) and MMS (multimedia messaging service) services, prepared by ANACOM.
ANACOM’s decision on specification of the price control obligation with respect to the wholesale market for voice call termination in mobile networks.
21 June 2008
Release of study promoted by ANACOM on impact of next generation networks (NGN) in the Portuguese market of electronic communications. This report presents the main results of the evaluation of the quality of the mobile voice service, undertaken by ANACOM during the months of May and June 2008, in the areas of Lisbon and Porto, and included mobile voice services and network coverage (GSM and WCDMA/UMTS) in the areas of Greater Lisbon and Greater Porto and along the Lisbon-Porto motorway axis.
17 May 2008
Release of an evaluation study of the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony services (UMTS) and network coverage services (GSM and WCDMA), provided in main urban settlements and motorway axes of mainland Portugal.
Release of an evaluation study of the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony services (UMTS) and network coverage services (GSM and WCDMA), provided in the Alfa Pendular Service of CP (Portuguese Railways).
11 January 2008
Release of an evaluation study of the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony services (UMTS) and network coverage services (GSM and WCDMA) provided in main urban settlements – Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo and Funchal - and motorway axes of all islands of the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira.
31 December 2007
The mobile telephone service reaches 13,45 million subscribers and a rate of penetration of 126.9%.
24 October 2007
ANACOM’s decision on request for authorisation to transfer rights of use for frequencies and numbers from OPTIMUS to NOVIS TELECOM.h
20 March 2007
Study released on the quality of voice services (GSM), video-telephony (UMTS) and network coverage (GSM and WCDMA) in the main urban agglomerations and major roads of mainland Portugal.
9 February 2007
ANACOM set out a framework for the activity of mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), in particular regarding the general authorisation regime and rights and obligation issues in the area of numbering and interconnection.
31 December 2006
The number of Mobile Telephone Service subscribers reached 12.2 million – a penetration rate of 115.7 per cent.
Study published on the quality of GSM mobile services on railways.
Study published gauging the quality of GSM mobile services.
31 December 2005
The number of Mobile Telephone Service subscribers reached 11,447 million.
New functions made available on the mobile telephone service Tariff Monitor (TM) - text message (SMS) and multimedia message (MMS) services.
Study published on the quality of GSM mobile services in the Azores and Madeira.
Study published on the quality of short message services (SMS) as available on the GMS mobile networks.
Study published on the quality of service as regards long duration calls.
Launch of the Tariff Monitor (TM), a simulator for the voice service developed in cooperation with the three mobile operators (Optimus, TMN and Vodafone Portugal).
3 March 2005
Publication of study on assessment of quality of mobile networks (QoS GSM).
25 February 2005
Approval of decision on definition of product markets and geographical markets, assessment of significant market power (SMP) and imposition, maintenance, alteration or suppression of regulatory obligations on wholesale markets of voice call termination on individual mobile networks (market 16 of Commission Recommendation 2003/311/EC, of 11 February 2003), and on the price control obligation for wholesale markets of voice call termination on individual mobile networks.
31 December 2004
The Mobile Telephone Service reaches 10,362 million subscribers.
23 November 2004
Approval of report of the hearing granted to operators of the mobile telephone service (MTS) on the report of the audit to the respective statistical elements, adopted by determination of 23 November 2004, the implementation of the correspondent remedies having been recommended and or determined.
4 June 2004
Launching of UMTS commercial offer - Optimus
5 May 2004
Launching of UMTS commercial offer - Vodafone
21 April 2004
Launching of UMTS commercial offer - TMN
17 February 2004
Publication of the survey of the GSM mobile networks' quality of service (QoS-GSM). The study was carried out between November and December 2003, involving test calls made in thirty cities included all mainland district capitals, and also covering the Lisbon and Oporto metropolitan regions and main road arteries on the mainland.
10 February 2004
Approval of the report related to the requests submitted by the operators licensed to operate UMTS systems.
31 December 2003
Land mobile service subscriptions reached 10,030 million.
28 January 2003
Publication of Survey on Quality of Service of Mobile (QoS-GSM), in December 2002.
13 January 2003
Allocation, by Order of the Minister for the Economy, of additional frequencies to the three UMTS operators - Optimus, TMN e Vodafone.
Repeal, by Order of the Minister for the Economy, of the UMTS licence allocated to OniWay.
31 December 2002
Land mobile service subscriptions reached 8,670 million.
30 December 2002
Deadline extension, till 31 December 2003, for the beginning of the activity licensed by UMTS operators.
6 December 2002
Approval by ANACOM of the teamwork report on the condition and implementation forecast of UMTS systems as well as on the proposals to be submitted to the Ministry of Economy and further associated measures.
3 December 2002
Signing of agreements (three) between ONI SGPS and OniWay, on the one hand, and TMN, Optimus and Vodafone, on the other hand, following OniWay's decision on discontinuing its activity.
Disclosure of results of third survey on quality of service of mobile networks (QoS GSM 2002).
March / May / June / September / October 2002
ANACOM's decisions on the agreement entered into between TMN and OniWay and network interconnection dispute that opposes OniWay to Vodafone and to Optimus.
Start of land measurements within the third survey on the quality of service of public land mobile networks (QoS GSM 2002).
1 January 2002
Introduction of operator number portability in the mobile network.
31 December 2001
Land Mobile Service attains 8 million subscribers.
Launch of UMTS postponed to December 31, 2002.
31 August 2001
Disclosure of results of second survey on the quality of service of public land mobile networks (QoS GSM 2001).
11 January 2001
Issue of UMTS licenses.
8 January 2001
Creation of a working group, by Resolution of the Council of Ministers, to guarantee a link between UMTS operators, ANACOM and the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Information Society.
31 December 2000
Land Mobile Service attains 6.7 million subscribers.
19 December 2000
Announcement by the Minister of Social Equipment of winners of the public tender.
3 October 2000
Announcement of bids accepted to the public tender.
29 September 2000
Close of deadline for submission of bids.
1 August 2000
Launch of public tender for assignment of four national licenses to operate International Mobile Telecommunications Systems (IMT2000/UMTS).
Disclosure of the results of the first survey on Quality of Service of public land mobile networks (QoS GSM 2000).
31 December 1999
Land Mobile Service attains 4.7 million subscribers.
31 October 1999
TMN abandons analogue technology.
Public Consultation to receive statements of interest on the provision of services and/or constitution of networks within the framework of the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS).
31 December 1998
Land Mobile Service attains 3.1 million subscribers.
Launch of activity of third mobile operator - Optimus.
31 December 1997
Land Mobile Service attains 1.5 million subscribers.
Public tender for the assignment of a license to operate second generation technology - GSM and DCS 1800 (bands 900 MHz and 1800 MHz). 1 bid submitted to the public tender - Optimus. License is granted to Optimus.
Assignment of DCS 1800 frequencies to the mobile operators present in the market - TMN and Telecel.
31 December 1996
Land Mobile Service attains 663,700 subscribers.
31 December 1995
Land Mobile Service attains 340,800 subscribers.
31 December 1994
Land Mobile Service attains 173,500 subscribers.
31 December 1993
Land Mobile Service attains 101,200 subscribers.
31 December 1992
Land Mobile Service attains 37,300 subscribers.
Launch of activity of second mobile operator - Telecel - and start of operations of TMN's GSM network. TMN is automatically assigned a GSM license.
31 December 1991
Land Mobile Service attains 12,600 subscribers.
Public tender for the assignment of a license to operate second generation technology - GSM (band - 900 MHz). 8 bids submitted to tender. Telecel is winner
31 December 1990
Land Mobile Service attains 6,500 subscribers.
31 December 1989
Land Mobile Service attains 2,800 subscribers.
Launch of Land Mobile Service, using analogue technology (first generation) by operator constituted as a consortium between CTT and TLP, subsequently renamed TMN.
Consultation on the draft decision on the results of the audit to PTC's universal service net costs (2007-2009) - comments until 22.05.2013
ANACOM Conference 2013 - Financing the future, 01.07.2013
World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15), Geneva, 2-27.11.2015
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