URTiP, Poland’s telecoms and postal regulator, has agreed to postpone the launch of 3G mobile services by one year to 2005. The three UMTS license holders requested the change, on the grounds that the equipment they need to build the networks is not fully available.
Centertel, Polkomtel and PTC, part owned by France Telecom, Vodafone and Vivendi Universal respectively, each paid E650 million for a license in June 2000. The three license holders already operate standard GSM networks in Poland.
The licensees’ coverage deadlines will also be delayed by one year. The regulator has agreed that operators must now cover an area containing 20% of the country’s population by the end of 2005, and 40% by the close of 2007.