Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica gets approval for GVT buy; Telecom Italia reconsiders Metroweb bid; Orange spectrum plans in Poland.
Analyst firm Coleago Consulting has described Orange Polska 's decision last week to withdraw from bidding for 2.6GHz spectrum in Poland's ongoing spectrum auction as an example of "strategic demand reduction." Announcing its decision, Orange said it "looked forward to the possibility of cooperation between operators after the auction," suggesting it is interested in the option of spectrum-sharing. Coleago reckons the operator wants to bring the auction to a quicker conclusion and prevent prices from escalating further. Orange is still in the running for 800MHz airwaves that are up for sale.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading