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Portugal announces first 5G city in cooperation with Huawei

Portuguese telecommunications operator NOS announced on Wednesday that it had fully covered Matosinhos, a city in the northern Porto district, with 5G signals in partnership with Chinese technology giant Huawei, making it “the first” fifth generation mobile city in Portugal.

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The NOS 5G network is fully operational and piloted by the local authority, companies and research centers for the development of leveraged use cases in this technology,” NOS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Miguel Almeida said in a statement, according to Portuguese Lusa News Agency, adding that the 5G coverage was made “in partnership with Huawei.”

“By providing Matosinhos with a 5G network, NOS is at the forefront in implementing this new technology and taking a leading role in innovation associated with smart cities and the development of societies 5.0,” he said.

Starting today, “NOS has a real-world ‘lab’ where it will test 5G solutions and services for the residential and business markets, as well as for municipalities and institutions,” he said.

Making Matosinhos the first national city with a 100 percent operational 5G network is a milestone in the history of telecommunications in Portugal,” he added.

“The connection between Nos and Matosinhos was deepened by being part of the nucleus that was at the origin of the first Technological Free Zone (ZLT) in Portugal, where the development and testing of technological solutions is promoted, based on the fifth mobile generation in partnership with entities such as CEiiA – Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento de Produto”, says the company.

The 5G infrastructure in Matosinhos is composed of a network of about 20 radio stations that fully cover the city, as well as the entire Technological Free Zone between the City of Porto Park, the Port of Leixões, the parish of Senhora da Hora and the NorteShopping commercial area, the company says.

NOS’s 5G network in Matosinhos uses the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band spectrum requested by the National Communications Authority (Anacom) for testing purposes, with a network of about 20 radio stations, the statement said.

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