The CDS-PP will propose to the Parliamentary Commission for Economy and Innovation to hold a conference on 5G and “Portugal's challenges in the digital future”, deputy João Gonçalves Pereira told Lusa.
In the proposal, the parliamentary group of the CDS intends, "within the scope of the Commission for Economy, Innovation, Public Works and Housing, to hold the conference '5G: Portugal's challenges in the Digital Future'".
The centrists want to invite "all‘ stakeholders "and other interested parties to make their contribution", but point out that "the conference program must result from the suggestions and consensus of the different parliamentary groups".
“The arrival of 5G represents the biggest technological revolution since the introduction of the smartphone. The introduction of this technology will bring with it a significant increase in the speed of communications, allowing the transmission of larger amounts of data and, consequently, boosting the creation of new opportunities for the development and transformation of the economy, as well as the improved use of existing resources ” , begins by referring the deputy to a request submitted to the Assembly of the Republic.
João Gonçalves Pereira indicates that “the availability of this technology is necessarily based on the installation of an adequate infrastructure (e.g. physical network) and the allocation, on a market basis, of the radio spectrum frequencies to interested operators”.
Citing data from the European Union observatory for 5G, the deputy points out that “until December 2019 there were already 10 countries” in the European Union “where services based on the new technology were being made available: Austria, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom ”.
“The use cases for 5G technology are vast and cover several areas: the provision of more and better digital content and services, telemedicine, the automation of industrial processes, the development of autonomously driven vehicles, among others”, lists the centrist.
Gonçalves Pereira also argues that, “for Portugal to follow this inexorable transformation, it is necessary that legislators, regulators, citizens, companies and institutions are duly informed about the implications and benefits resulting from the implementation of 5G”.
“Bearing in mind that Portugal has, in the past, been at the forefront of testing and implementing this type of technology, which has made digital transition and transformation a priority in its agenda, and the issues raised by other parliamentary groups regarding the future of 5G, the parliamentary group of the CDS-PP considers it opportune and necessary to promote, by the Assembly of the Republic, the clarification of citizens, companies and institutions ”, he stresses.
With this conference, CDS wants to answer the following questions: “What impact will 5G have on the economy? How can political agents accelerate the digital transformation? What security issues can 5G raise? Could this be another opportunity to demonstrate the excellence of products and services made in Portugal? How should the regulator and operators be positioned for the future? What is the expected impact on the telecommunications sector? What benefits will 5G bring to citizens? ”.
The application also points out that in early February the Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) approved the “draft auction regulation for the allocation of rights to use frequencies”, which “sets the conditions for access to the spectrum to be made available, the rules procedures of the auction and the conditions associated with its use ”.
"The draft regulation was submitted to public consultation until the end of March, and the auction of rights of use for frequencies should take place as early as April", concludes the text.