Poland 3.6GHz auction likely in Q1 2021

30 Jul 2020

The Polish government is expecting to hold its auction of 5G-capable spectrum in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band in early 2021, having cancelled the awards process earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Minister of Digitisation Wanda Buk said in an interview with Dziennik Gazeta Prawna: ‘I believe that the allocation of the C-band block to operators will take place in the first quarter of 2021.’ She added that the auction cancellation was the best option; if the original process had simply been paused then restarted, she said it could have led to legal action from one of the potential bidders, which would have delayed the award of spectrum even longer. ‘It was a difficult decision – we chose the lesser evil,’ she said. Telecoms regulator UKE has said it plans to open a new consultation on the awards process ahead of the new auction.

Poland, Ministry of Digitisation (MC)