Orange gets EU backing to roll out 1,800km of fibre

6 Sep 2012

Polish incumbent Telekomunikacja Polska (TP), which was brought under the Orange Poland banner of its majority owner France Telecom-Orange earlier this year, has selected Relacom to head a consortium tasked with rolling out fibre-optic cable networks totalling more than 1,800km in length. No details regarding the value of the deal were announced, though Relacom revealed that the project was co-financed by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Regional Operational Programme, an European Union initiative supported by the European Regional Development Fund. The rollout is due to take until the end of 2013. It was not announced whether the optical fibre would backhaul-only or include access networks. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database Orange identified VDSL as its ‘main weapon’ against its cableco rivals and is currently in the process of upgrading its xDSL lines, aiming to have installed or upgraded 1.2 million lines by March 2013, 220,000 of which will be capable of download speeds of 30Mbps.

Poland, Orange Poland