Poland Cancels Radio Spectrum Auction
Published on: 12th Feb 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Poland's telecoms regulator has cancelled the forthcoming radio spectrum auction following doubts about the legality of the procedures that were being followied.
The auction had been due to offer licences in the 791-816 MHz band and in the 832-857 MHz band, as well as in the 2500-2570 MHz band and in the 2620-2690 MHz bands.
"The auction process itself as well as the accompanying documentation were prepared correctly and in accordance with the provisions of law", said Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE. "My obligation as a regulatory authority is to ensure that all market players may conduct their business in stable and certain environment. The least desired scenario would be the one in which, due to technical problems with access to the attachments with clarifications of the auction documentation during 2.5 hours at night, the auction participants were exposed to the risk of questioning the decisions taken after the auction."
The decision of the President of UKE means that the auction process will start from the beginning. UKE has already started work on a new schedule of the auction procedure. In accordance with the law, the first step in this process will be to publish the auction documentation for consultations with all interested parties. The relevant notice will be published within the next few days.