Sixth cellco a possibility?

10 Oct 2007

Poland’s newest mobile network licensee CenterNet will take up just one set of the frequencies available to it, appearing to leave the door open for a sixth entrant to the sector. CenterNet, controlled by Polish businessman Roman Karkosik, said in a statement it would pay PLN128 million (USD48 million) for 49 radio channels in the 1710MHz – 1730MHz range. It confirmed it plans to launch in the middle of 2008, on the back of a roaming deal to use existing network infrastructure . ‘Planned investments in infrastructure will total around PLN1 billion’ the company statement read. It added that it will use two brandnames, Extreme Mobile, aimed at the youth sector, and a second as yet unnamed main brand.

Head of telecoms regulator, UKE, Anna Strezynska, told reporters that the spare frequency left over from the first tender would likely be awarded to small local operator Tolpis. ‘If the winner resigns from taking up the frequencies, its place is taken by the next on the list. In this case it will be Tolpis,’ she said.

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