Eeny meeny miny MVNO; Netia to pick sole mobile partner

29 Aug 2014

Polish full service provider Netia has revealed that under a new strategy it will select either Polkomtel or P4 to be its sole mobile partner, rather than maintain its current deals with both network operators. Reuters writes that the telco, which was recently the target of a failed takeover bid from rival internet service provider (ISP) Vectra, is to present a new strategy in the coming weeks. Netia augments its multi-play plans by offering mobile voice and data services via mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreements with Polkomtel and P4, which operate under the Plus and Play brands respectively. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Netia board member and the company’s largest shareholder Zbigniew Jakubas has called for the telco to consider acquiring mobile provider P4 to boost revenues. The cellco is a former subsidiary of Netia, but the telco divested its stake in the operator in January 2008. Netia’s new CEO, Adam Sawicki, has put such plans on ice for the moment, with a view to developing business ties with the cellco first: ‘The basis of every capital cooperation is business cooperation, others it is a hostile takeover. We are talking about building a business model that will give us an opportunity to grow.’

Poland, Netia, Play (P4), Plus (Polkomtel)