Poland eyes early 2021 for 3.6GHz auction

Poland eyes early 2021 for 3.6GHz auction

Poland’s government is looking to hold its delayed 5G spectrum auctions in early 2021.

The sale of 3.4GHz-3.8GHz spectrum was originally scheduled for this year, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the government opted to cancel the auction process rather than delay it.

Local news outlet Dziennik Gazeta Prawna quoted Deputy Minister of Digitisation Wanda Buk as saying: “I believe that the allocation of the C-band block to operators will take place in the first quarter of 2021.”

Buk noted that cancelling rather than delaying the auctions was a strategic action as suspending the process could have resulted in one of the bidders launching a legal challenge, which would have caused further delays.

Explaining the rationale behind the move, Buk said: “it was a difficult decision – we chose the lesser evil.” TeleGeography reported that Polish regulation UKE would open a fresh consultation on the licensing process before the new auctions take place.

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