Polish state-backed telecoms network operator Exatel is seeking a role in the deployment of 5G mobile networks. The firm wants to be involved along with the country’s cellcos in the rollout of a single open access 5G network which will be shared by all mobile operators. A report from Reuters cites Exatel CEO Nikodem Boncza Tomaszewski as saying: ‘The best organisational formula … would be to establish the company by Exatel (with) private mobile operators, possibly other state companies with telecommunications needs such as energy and railway companies.’
Orange Polska told Reuters that it did not see the need for a wholesale 5G network as the current model of building separate mobile networks by major operators had worked well. It has not ruled out cooperation in the 700MHz band, however. Meanwhile, Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, an indirect shareholder in Polkomtel, has spoken out in the past in favour of a single 5G infrastructure to ensure a fast and efficient network rollout.