UKE launches tender for five blocks of 1800MHz spectrum

21 Aug 2012

Polish telecoms regulator the Office of Electronic Communication (UKE) has announced plans to auction five blocks of spectrum in the 1800MHz band, suitable to support Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. Local press reports say the licences up for grabs will be valid until end-2027, will provide for national coverage, and use frequencies in the 1729.9MHz-1754.9MHz and 1824.9MHz-1849.9MHz bands. Interested parties will be allowed to make up to three offers for the spectrum on offer, with bids due by 22 October. UKE has said that protecting competition is the single most important criterion in the auction process, adding that winners will be decided via the amount offered, the impact on competition and the bidders’ ability to invest in new infrastructure.