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Fast Internet everywhere


2016-01-25
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The President of UKE issued 19 general exclusive frequency licences allocated under the LTE auction.

 

On 25th January 2016 the President of UKE issued 19 decisions regarding the general exclusive frequency licences subject to auction, the results of which were announced on 19th October 2015.

After carrying out nineteen administrative proceedings lasting three months, on 25th January 2016 the President of UKE allocated frequencies distributed in the LTE auction.

Everyone should have access to good-quality mobile Internet at a reasonable price. It is one of the main objectives of each country in the world. Achieving it depends to a large extent on frequency allocation by regulators to providers of mobile services. The mobile industry will not be able to provide good mobile services to all without sufficient spectrum resources - said Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE.

Due to those decisions, 190 MHz of new frequencies will be available to the market, which will ensure that everyone has access to fast Internet, both in urban and non-urban areas.
Allocation of frequencies from 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands results in the possibility to provide wireless broadband Internet access in areas where the availability of those services is the lowest or where such services are not provided at all.

According to President Gaj: - Frequencies from the so-called 800 are unique. They guarantee 'the same' broadband access to the Internet as other frequencies, e.g. 1800 MHz band, but on completely different areas. Those are the so-called 'covering frequencies' which will cover large areas of the country that are difficult to access, where residents currently do not have access to fast Internet.

In accordance with the obligations assumed in the LTE auction, entities that obtained frequency licences are required to start using the frequencies and offer commercial services within 12 months following the date of receipt of frequency licences from 800 MHz band and no later than within 36 months following the date of receipt of frequency licences from of 2.6 GHz band.

Moreover, entrepreneurs who obtained frequency licences are required to fulfil the investment obligations in the 800 MHz band, i.e. make investments in the telecommunications network with the coverage of circa 80 percent of the area of Poland.


The areas included in the investment obligations:


Type of coverage

Number of municipalities

No. of Appendix attached to the decision

Time limit for the fulfilment  of the obligation

What was indicated in the appendix

Notes

white spaces

1,149

Appendix No. 2

24 months

municipalities

and test points

different appendix for each of 5 licences

municipalities up to 30 thousand inhabitants (without white spaces)

1,053

Appendix No. 3

36 months

municipalities

the same appendix for each licence

municipalities between 30-50 thousand inhabitants (without white spaces)

91

Appendix No. 4

48 months

municipalities

the same appendix for each licence

IN TOTAL

2,293





WHOLE POLAND

2,479







Investment obligations are connected with nearly 2,300 municipalities in total, half of which, i.e. 1,149, is an area of the so-called white spaces - areas where currently there is no data transfer or it is below 10 Mb/s.

It is worth noting that the issuance of frequency licences in 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz by the President of UKE is the implementation of the provisions of the Decision No. 243/2012/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2012 establishing a multiannual radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP) and the Regulatory Strategy of the President of UKE until 2015.

As a result of issuing the above-mentioned decisions entrepreneurs are also required to pay the following amounts to the State Treasury within 14 days following the date of receipt of the decision:

  • for 800 MHz frequencies – in total: PLN 8,622,350,000;
  • for 2.6 GHz frequencies – in total: PLN 610,920,000.

Magdalena Gaj, the President of UKE claims that it is one of the most important telecommunications processes in Poland: - In a few months everyone will have access to fast mobile Internet. No one will have to search for network coverage.
 
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