Poland launches auction of 800 MHz & 2.6 GHz frequency bands
December 31, 2013
Poland’s energy market regulator UKE is auctioning five 800 MHz frequency bands and fourteen 2.6 GHz frequency bands, each 10 MHz wide, with preliminary bids to be collected until February 13, 2014, UKE said in a press statement.
Each bidder can file only one preliminary offer, UKE said. The bids will be assessed based on the sums offered.
Having passed the preliminary round, each bidder will be able to compete for only two bands from the 800 MHz range i.e. a total of 20 MHz, and four bands from the 2.6 GHz range, i.e. up to 40 MHz, auction rules stipulate.
UKE set the asking price at PLN 250 million for each 10 MHz in the 800 MHz frequency band and PLN 25 million in the 2.6 GHz frequency band, tender documentation showed.
Each reservation will be valid for 15 years, the statement showed.
The tendered frequencies are suitable for broadband data transfer in mobile networks, including in the LTE (Long Term Evolution) high-speed data transfer standard.
All major telecom operators present in Poland expressed initial interest in participating in the auction.
TPSA had prepared a PLN 1-2 billion budget for frequency purchases, the company said back in February.