Poland’s Minister of Digitisation says the government is expecting to raise between PLN4 billion and PLN5 billion (USD1.0 billion-USD1.3 billion) from its sale of 5G-capable spectrum next year. Marek Zagorski is cited by news agency PAP as saying that the estimates are based on factors including the recent results of 5G auctions in countries such as Germany. Following the auction, which is scheduled for the middle of 2020, operators will be expected to launch a 5G network in at least one large city.
Last month the government, state-backed telco Exatel, infrastructure investment fund PFR and the four main mobile network operators – Orange, Polkomtel (Plus), T-Mobile and P4 (Play) – signed an agreement to deploy a joint nationwide network in the 700MHz band via a venture dubbed Polskie 5G. PFR CEO Pawel Borys commented: ‘The aim of the joint project is to ensure nationwide availability of 5G services in selected bands, technology security and low service prices thanks to synergies of common infrastructure.’