Poland allocates 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum

24 Jun 2016

Poland’s telecoms regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), has made a decision on the allocation of 800MHz wireless spectrum sold via auction last year. Four firms – Orange Polska, T-Mobile Poland, P4/Play and start-up operator NetNet – won 800MHz frequencies, but NetNet later withdrew its offer and T-Mobile stepped up to take the spare block, agreeing to pay an additional PLN2 billion (USD522 million). UKE has now ruled that Orange will be allocated blocks A and B (two contiguous blocks of 2×5MHz – 791MHz-801MHz/832MHz-842MHz), P4 will get block C (801MHz-806MHz/842MHz-847MHz) and T-Mobile will get blocks D and E (806MHz-816MHz/847MHz-857MHz).

The Polish government’s sale of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum which was completed last October raised PLN9.23 billion in total. The frequencies are suitable for 4G LTE mobile broadband services. UKE has allocated the 2600MHz band frequencies as follows: Polkomtel gets blocks F, G, H and I (2500MHz-2520MHz/2620MHz-2640MHz), Orange takes blocks J, K and L (2520MHz-2535MHz/2640MHz-2655MHz), T-Mobile has blocks M, N and O (2535MHz-2550MHz/2655MHz-2670MHz) and P4 gets blocks P, R, S and T (2550MHz-2570MHz/2670MHz-2690MHz).