Poland Cancels Spectrum Auction

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Republic of Poland cancels its auction for general exclusive frequency licenses 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 band on the territory of the entire country.

Telecom regulator of the country, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) announced in a statement that the reason for such decision is to ensure stability and legal certainty as well as eliminating any possible doubts of formal and legal nature.

“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,” Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE said in the statement posted on Tuesday.

The auction notice was published on 30 December 2013. The original time limit for the submission of initial bids was fixed for 13 February 2014.

Clarifying that due to technical reasons, potential auction participants for a short period of time (circa 2.5 hours) were not able to access the replies to their requests for clarifications of the auction documentation published on 6 February 2014, President of UKE took a decision to modify the auction notice and to prolong the time limit for the submission of initial bids until 14 February, at 15.00.

Having regard to the reactions from potential auction participants to the decision to prolong the time limit for the submission of initial bids, and guided by the obligation to provide the auction participants with stable, transparent and predictable environment with no room for the slightest legal doubts, the President of UKE decided to cancel 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, the statement added.

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