Poland’s LTE sale to kick off next month

27 Jan 2015

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.