The operators are running out of frequency reservations. How to extend them?

Telecommunications operators booking frequency

The President of the Office of Electronic Communications informed which operators are about to end their frequency reservations in the near future and explained the procedures for their extension.

Gazeta Wyborcza she gave up Office of Electronic Communications sluggishness in extending radio frequency reservations, ending in the coming years, used by mobile network operators operating in Poland Orange, Play, Plus and T-Mobile. Telecoms reportedly submit applications and UKE does not respond to them. So he replied to these allegations Jacek Oko, president of the office. It shows that only P4 (Play network operator) and T-Mobile Polska have submitted applications for extension of the reservation to UKE.

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Extending the booking – what does the law say?

The process of extending the frequency license for the next period is described in the Telecommunications Law (Article 116, paragraphs 8-10). Its next steps are as follows:

  • Receipt of request from the holder of the reservation: at the earliest 4 years before the expiry of the reservation, at the latest 1 year before the expiry of the reservation.
  • Formal analysis of the application.
  • Notice of initiation of the procedure.
  • Preparation of a draft reservation decision and analysis of the conditions for the possibility of extension or the need to refuse to extend it on the basis of strictly defined conditions (indicated in section 9).
  • Announcement of consultations (the deadline for any possible positions is at least 30 days).
  • Notification of the President of UOKiK about commencement of consultations.
  • Analysis of possible positions and possible changes to the draft decision.
  • Announcement of the consultation results at BIP UKE.
  • Notification of the party about the termination of the proceedings.
  • Signature and delivery of the decision.

Ending reservations

In the next two years, the validity period for 9 nationwide frequency licenses in the 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz bands will expire. Currently, only two applications for extension for the 2100 MHz band have been submitted. The proceedings have been initiated, the issuing of a decision on this matter is expected in 2022 after the end of the so-called frequency reshuffling. It is a strictly technical activity that will result in increasing the block width allocated to each of the four operators from 14.8 to 15 MHz. This is a process awaited and postulated by telecoms.

I am not aware of a case of non-response (i.e. failure to initiate the procedure) to a submitted request.

– wrote Jacek Oko, President of UKE

Of course, renewing the reservation of radio frequencies is not free. Its price is calculated on the basis of average price of 1 MHz from a recently completed competition, tender or frequency auction, plus the inflation rate. The table below shows which operators will expire in the next two years, which bands they relate to and how much (estimated) telecoms will have to pay for the renewal.

Subject Band [MHz] Effective Date Date of receipt of the application
for an extension
Estimated renewal fees [zł]
Polkomtel (Plus) 1800 12/31/2022 no application 406 395 933.14
Polkomtel (Plus) 1800 12/31/2022 no application 8,293,794.55
Polkomtel (Plus) 1800 12/31/2022 no application 406 395 933.14
P4 (Play) 2100 12/31/2022 07/07/2021 475 568 153.86
Orange Polska 2100 01/01/2023 no application 475 568 153.86
T-Mobile Polska 2100 01/01/2023 11/12/2020 459 930 516.31
Polkomtel (Plus) 2100 01/01/2023 no application 475 568 153.86
P4 (Play) 900 12/31/2023 no application 286 868 215.92
Polkomtel (Plus) 900 12/31/2023 no application 286 868 215.92

What about the new frequencies for 5G?

What many people in Poland are waiting for is new frequencies for 5G networks. As it turns out, the Office of Electronic Communications is waiting for a new one to announce the auction the Act on the National Cybersecurity System.

The President of UKE is ready to launch the auction process in which frequency blocks in the 3480-3800 MHz range will be distributed. This will happen shortly after the amendment to the Act on the National Cybersecurity System is approved by the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. According to our plan, reservations will be granted nationwide for 15 years. This will allow operators to plan their business future and increase the capacity of the network, and thus – the number of devices supported and the throughput they obtain. In turn, we want to allocate the 3410-3480 MHz band for private networks – municipal, municipal and industrial – giving a chance for technological development to entrepreneurs and local communities.

– wrote the head of UKE

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Text source: UKE

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