Alcatel has announced that Netia, Poland’s largest alternative provider of fixed line telecoms services, has launched the initial phase of its WiMAX network. Under the agreement, Alcatel has supplied, installed and integrated an end-to-end WiMAX solution covering 20 cities, providing Netia’s customers with data rates of up to 2Mbps. The network is using the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz frequency band and supports data-intensive services such as high quality video streaming. ‘One of our goals is to be able to expand country-wide quickly, and to cost effectively offer broadband access over a wide geographic area,’ stated Piotr Czapski, Strategy and Business Development Director from Netia. ‘This network gives users high quality broadband services, including in new areas in Poland beyond the reach of our existing fixed line network’.