Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) is expected to launch the auction of 800MHz and 2600MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile spectrum early next month, according to a report from RPKom. Six firms have already pre-registered as bidders: existing cellular providers Orange Polska, T-Mobile Poland, P4 and Polkomtel, plus Hubb Investments, which is controlled by broadcast infrastructure firm Emitel, and NetNet, which is owned by the son of a senior Polkomtel executive and business partner of Polkomtel shareholder Zygmunt Solorz-Zak.
As stated in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the regulator is offering five 2×5MHz lots of paired spectrum in the ranges 791-816MHz and 832-857MHz, and 14 lots of 2×5MHz between 2500-2570MHz and 2620-2690MHz. The licences will be valid for 15 years and cover the entire territory of Poland. Bidders are limited to a maximum of two 2×5MHz blocks of 800MHz frequencies and four 2×5MHz packets at 2600MHz. Additionally, successful bidders that already use frequencies in the 800MHz or 900MHz ranges will be not be allowed to exceed a combined total spectrum holding of 40MHz in those bands. A minimum price of PLN250 million (USD66.5 million) has been set for each packet of 800MHz spectrum, while the minimum bid for lots in the 2600MHz band is PLN25 million.