Polish 5G auction could be delayed until H2 2020

30 Jul 2019

A report from Poland suggests that the country’s telecoms regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE), could miss its target to auction 3.6GHz spectrum for 5G mobile services by the middle of next year. Business newspaper Parkiet says that consultations on the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz licence tender will not now begin until late September, with some doubt also surrounding the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 26GHz spectrum. UKE said in April this year that it hoped to be in a position to run the 3.6GHz auction in the first half of 2020, but the second half of the year is now looking to be a more likely timeframe, the report says. Delays are said to have been caused by recent work to amend the country’s telecoms legislation plus disputes between UKE and the Ministry of Digitisation.