Polish fixed and mobile operator Orange Polska has revealed that it invested PLN740 million (USD196 million) in the first six months of 2015 expanding its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The firm says its fibre infrastructure currently covers 193,000 premises, mainly in the cities of Warsaw and Lublin, but it is expanding to Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Lodz, Szczecin and Wroclaw, which should take its fibre networks past some 650,000 households by the end of this year. Its 4G LTE network, meanwhile, which is being deployed in cooperation with infrastructure sharing partner T-Mobile Poland, now covers approximately 80% of the population, and the operators say they are constantly investing in improvements to mobile network quality, capacity and coverage.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Orange is Poland’s second largest cellco by subscribers, just behind market leader T-Mobile, with 15.58 million mobile users at the end of June 2015. It is also the largest fixed internet provider, claiming over a third of the broadband market at the same date.