On 19 June 2002, Witold Graboś, the President of the URTiP, met with Jerzy Szmajdziński, the Minister of National Defence, to set up rules and a schedule for the transfer of military frequency bands to civil telecommunications and radiocommunications systems and digital television.
They decided to establish a group responsible for further negotiations during which rules and a schedule for the transfer of military frequency bands to the disposal of the President of the URTiP will be set up.
According to Witold Graboś, the President of the URTiP: The problem of transfer of military frequency bands, which has been discussed for years with no solution, seems now to be resolved. This is a very good news for the Polish telecommunications market.
The President is expecting the release of 16 television channels which are now occupied by military government services (MoD) for radio navigation purposes. The "recovered" channels will be used to complement the national television networks and terrestrial digital broadcasting, which is indispensable for the introduction of cable television in Poland.
The President of the URTiP also touched on the question of military frequency bands under 1 GHz, which are necessary for further development of radiocommunications services (i.e. for land mobile radiocommunications). Moreover, the release of the 10,15-10,30 GHz bands intended for the implementation of the subscriber access systems was discussed.
The talks also focused on the release of military frequencies within the 2 GHz band, which will be used to supplement the needs of domestic mobile operators licensed for the provision of UMTS services. The President of the URTiP finds that a quick release of the 2 GHz band would allow mobile operators to make necessary tests of the 3rd generation networks and equipment earlier.
The importance of new technologies was emphasized, given that their fast introduction would allow to reduce the distance separating Poland from European Union countries in the field of modern infrastructure and telecommunications services. The Minister of Defence expressed understanding of the needs of civil radiocommunications services. He also expressed interest in the introduction of digital television. However, the Minister emphasized that given current difficult financial situation, the release of the frequency bands which have so far been occupied by the military will entail a need for additional investments in the military radio equipment functioning in different frequency ranges.