Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) says the country’s auction of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum for 4G wireless services has ended with bids totalling PLN9.23 billion (USD2.5 billion). The total was more than five times the initial reserve price of PLN1.6 billion. In all, 19 lots of frequencies were up for grabs, five at 800MHz and the remainder at 2600MHz. Two of the 800MHz packets drew bids of over PLN2 billion each, while the other three were sold at between PLN1.48 billion and PLN1.57 billion. The higher frequency band saw bids of between PLN38 million and PLN105 million.
Although six firms entered the bidding back in February, it is thought that just four – incumbent cellcos Orange Polska, T-Mobile, Polkomtel and P4/Play – walked away with spectrum. The full results will be announced in the coming days, UKE says, though P4 has already confirmed that it secured one 800MHz block and four at 2600MHz.
The results of the sale could still be challenged, however, with some operators unhappy at the government’s decision to step in and halt the auction after 115 days of active bidding rather than let the process run its full course. As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last month, the owners of P4 had threatened to sue for up to EUR500 million (USD557 million) in ‘tangible damages’ and an ‘irreversible infringement of interests’ if the auction was interrupted.