The Polish government has finally kicked off its long-awaited auction of 5G-capable 3.5GHz spectrum, calling for applications to take part in the sale process by 8 August. The entire process is expected to take around 150 days, which should see winning bidders announced in November.

Authorities do not expect bids to rise much above the reserve price of PLN450 million (USD111 million) per 100MHz block, with four blocks available and the country being home to four mobile network operators (MNOs). The main point of contention will be that one of the four blocks has a number of local exclusions due to reservations for civil and military purposes, so bidders will favour one of the other licences.

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