2G and 3G licence tender gets underway

14 Apr 2005

Polish telecoms regulator URTiP has reportedly received five bids for W-CDMA and GSM-1800 frequencies, opening up the possibility that the country could gain four 3G licensees and possibly even a new 2G operator by May 2005. According to the terms of the auction, which closes on 9 May, offers for the two types of licence must be made separately as they will be considered by different commissions. Wireless incumbents Polkomtel and Centertel have made bids for both frequencies, as has fixed line operator Netia, via a consortium with Novator Telecom Poland. Quiana Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison 3G Poland, has also made a play for both types of licence. Poland’s largest wireless operator Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), meanwhile, has only bid for UMTS bandwidth.