The new year has barely got underway and already the terms for new LTE spectrum auctions have been announced, as Poland and Slovenia have kicked off proceedings for 2014 after regulators announced the timetables for both countries.
Poland's Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) said it will auction five general exclusive frequency licences in the 800 MHz band, and 14 general exclusive frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band. Each auction participant may submit only one offer in the preliminary stage, with initial offers to be submitted by Feb. 13.
The main network operators in Poland are Orange Poland, T-Mobile Poland, Play Mobile and Plus, with Polkomtel's Plus the operator with the most aggressively promoted consumer LTE service to date. Orange Poland recently said it plans to plans to spend as much as 2 billion zloty ($652 million or €480 million) at the auction, Bloomberg reported in December 2013.
In Slovenia, meanwhile, the deadline for submissions is Feb. 17. The Post and Electronic Communications Agency (Apek) said it will auction frequencies in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
The Slovenia market also has four competing operators, including Telekom Slovenije, Telekom Austria's Si.mobil, Tušmobil and T-2.
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