P4 and Orange may buddy up for LTE concession

9 Jun 2010

Polish mobile operators P4 (Play) and Orange Poland plan to set up a joint venture for participation in the tender for Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum rights. The operators have already applied to the national competition watchdog UOKiK for clearance of the cooperation, according to postings on their corporate blogs. The tender for two frequency blocks of 35MHz each in the 2.6GHz frequency band is expected to be announced in the next few weeks. The operators said the blocks are much too large for the needs of a single operator, suggesting the regulator may want to see more cooperation in the industry. Orange said it will take a final decision on whether to partner with Play after it receives the competition regulator’s opinion and the tender details are published.