Regulator UKE will grant Polish operator Sferia temporary permits so it can maintain services on its old frequency bands, PMR reported, as it negotiates with Polkomtel over a transfer of its CDMA customers to an MVNO.
On 30 December 2013, Sferia received a decision from the UKE chairwoman concerning an exchange of spectrum in the 824-830 and 869-875 MHz bands for spectrum in the 816-821 and 857-862 MHz bands. PMR said this enabled the start of the auction of the remaining blocks in the 800 MHz band and solved the problem of GSM-R. Sferia will now have to disconnect the CDMA 2000 network it has used so far, after which, subscribers' telephones will stop working.
However, Jacek Strzalkowski, spokesman for the UKE, has stated that Sferia will be granted temporary, 30-day permits in the old frequency band to maintain services for its customers. Concurrently, the operator is in talks with Polkomtel to roll out an MVNO and to migrate its quasi-fixed (nomadic) telephony customers to the mobile network, based on the home zone (WLL) model. The frequency change is an effect of the agreement signed between the government and company shareholders in August 2013.
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