Three line up for Polish 450MHz licence

11 Jul 2017

Three firms have expressed an interest in acquiring 450MHz spectrum, which is being offered for sale by the Polish government. The frequencies were returned by Orange Polska earlier this year after it opted not to pay the renewal fee of PLN115.5 million (USD28 million). A report from Telko.in says that Orange, T-Mobile and P4/Play are all lined up as potential bidders, having responded to a government consultation on the award process which was opened in April.

The licence on offer includes 4.5MHz of paired spectrum between 452.5125MHz-457.0125MHz and 462.5125MHz-467.0125MHz. The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) says the frequencies can be used to provide additional capacity for 4G LTE networks, though there is also scope for the spectrum to be put to use in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. UKE has set a reserve price of PLN56.35 million for the spectrum.