Polish mobile network operator (MNO) Polkomtel, which trades under the Plus brand, has been told it must pay PLN847 million (USD174 million) to renew its spectrum licences in the 1800MHz band for a further 15 years. The renewal covers three separate licences, which expire at the end of this year and together include 2×19.8MHz of paired frequencies. The operator uses the spectrum for 2G and 4G services.
According to a report from Telko.in, the Office of Electronic Communications (Urzad Komunikacji Elektronicznej, UKE) based the renewal fee on the price of 1800MHz spectrum acquired by rivals Play (P4) and T-Mobile in 2013, adjusted for inflation. Plus holds the most spectrum of any Polish MNO, both in the 1800MHz band (39.8% of the total available) and across all bands combined (36.4% of the total available).