Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has awarded the 800MHz and 2600MHz licences that were won at auction last October. The sale of 4G-capable spectrum ended with bids totalling PLN9.23 billion (USD2.5 billion), with Orange emerging as the highest bidder after offering a total of PLN3.17 billion for two 5MHz blocks of paired frequencies in the 800MHz band and three blocks of 2×5MHz at 2600MHz. The other winners were T-Mobile (PLN2.14 billion for 800MHz and 2600MHz licences), P4/Play (PLN1.72 billion, 800MHz and 2600MHz), NetNet (PLN2.05 billion, 800MHz only) and Polkomtel (PLN155.8 million, 2600MHz only).
Licensees have two years to cover 1,149 municipalities designated as internet ‘white spots’, which are regions with no internet access or access at speeds of below 10Mbps. They must also cover 1,053 towns of up to 30,000 inhabitants within three years and 91 towns of between 30,000 and 50,000 inhabitants within four years. In total, the licences require coverage of at least 80% of Poland in geographic terms.