Poland's telco regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) this week cancelled its forthcoming LTE auction.
Initial bids for frequencies in the 700-MHz, 800-MHz, 2.5-GHz and 2.6-GHz bands were due to be submitted by Friday, but a technical glitch last week meant clarifications about auction rules were unavailable for around two and a half hours.
"My obligation as a regulatory authority is to ensure that all market players may conduct their business in [a] stable and certain environment," said UKE president Magdalena Gaj, in a statement on Wednesday.
Poland currently has three LTE service providers, Aero2, Polkomtel-owned Plus, and Play, which all operate networks running in the 1800-MHz band.
Gaj said she did not want to run the risk of having participants question the structure of the auction after it had been completed.
Instead the UKE will start again from scratch.
"In accordance with the law, the first step in this process will be to publish the auction documentation for consultations with all interested parties," the watchdog said.
The notice for the now cancelled auction was published on 30 December 2013 and initial bids were due by 14 February. Depending when the notice for the new auction is published, it could be months before bidding gets underway.