Poland’s 3.5GHz sale now due next year

3 Dec 2021

Poland’s government now expects to run its auction of 5G-suitable 3.5GHz spectrum in 2022. Authorities had hoped to allocate licences back in the first half of 2020 but the process stalled, initially due to the COVID-19 outbreak. More delays came when the government decided to postpone the auction until after it had made amendments to the country’s Electronic Communication Law and the Act on the National Cybersecurity System (KSC). Telecoms regulator the Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE) notes that 320MHz of frequencies will eventually be made available in the 3480MHz-3800MHz range. Spectrum in the 700MHz band is also due to be sold off once it is freed by digital terrestrial television (DTT) providers.