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5G in Poland: organising spectrum in a bidding process?

According to the Minister of Digitization Marek Zagórski, the implementation plan for the 5G network in Poland, provisionally referred to as the 5G strategy, is practically ready and should soon be adopted by the government in the form of a resolution. Representatives of operators also participate in the work of the working group preparing the document. One of the remaining issues to be resolved is the method of allocating individual frequency bands. Marek Zagórski admits that this decision is the responsibility of the President of UKE, however, he is of the opinion that organising a tender would be a more sensible solution than an auction because the whole process would be faster.

At the same time, he hopes that the regulator will be of the same opinion. The Minister of Digitization also confirms that frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band will be allocated first for the needs of 5G. Investments related to the development of 5G technology in Poland are ultimately regulated by several legal documents. Currently, the Sejm is working on amendments to the so-called megaurage and Telecommunications Law. The amendment provides, among others, that electromagnetic field standardization (PEM) will not be defined so far in the regulation of the Minister of the Environment, but of the Minister of Health. The announced changes also give the government the right to determine, by way of an ordinance, the schedule of radio frequency allocation in Poland. The arrangement of spectrum for the construction of a fifth generation network is to be facilitated by a special law on the 700 MHz band.

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