On 1 July 2020, ANACOM was in Porto de Mós for a meeting with the local authorities, in which voice and internet mobile communications were the topic. The Chairman of ANACOM, João Cadete de Matos, presented the Mayor of Porto de Mós Town Council, Jorge Vala, with the findings of a study of assessment of the performance of the mobile services and GSM, UMTS and LTE coverage carried out in the municipality of Porto de Mós.
The meeting with the Mayor and councillors of the municipality also included a discussion on possible paths to resolve the communications problems in the municipality, in view of the 5G implementation process. The sharing of infrastructures and national roaming were other solutions addressed during the meeting, as forms to mitigate the problems experienced in the region.
ANACOM carried out a study based on fieldwork done between 24 and 26 June, involving over half a million measurements of radio signal, more than six thousand data sessions and about a thousand voice calls. This study showed a large variability of the radio coverage: signals of very good or good quality; zones in which values greatly below the adequate parameters were recorded, especially in UMTS and LTE; and other zones in which there is simply no radio coverage.
Voice service presents a weak overall performance and for data very low capacity was observed in establishment and retention of data sessions.
In the data transfer sessions established and maintained successfully, there were reasonable overall average speeds, both for download and upload, with significant differences in the performance of the operators. This indicator shows very high variability, with maximum speeds of 192.5 Mbps and 55.28 Mbps, for download and upload respectively, and minimums of 0.008 Mbps and 0.008 Mbps, for download and upload respectively, which make it difficult or impossible to transmit data under appropriate conditions.
Internet browsing and YouTube video streaming services, and data transmission latency, perform considerably less well than file transfer, with some differences between operators.
The topics addressed in the meeting with Porto de Mós Town Council were also debated with the Chairpersons of 9 of the 10 parish councils of the municipality: Alqueidão da Serra, Alvados e Alcaria; Arrimal e Mendiga; Juncal; Mira de Aire; Pedreiras; Porto de Mós; São Bento and Serro Ventoso.
From left to right: Jorge Vala, Mayor of Porto de Mós Town Council, and João Cadete de Matos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ANACOM.
João Paiva, Division of Communications Market Oversight of ANACOM.