A report from Poland suggests that local cellco Play, which is registered under the name P4, is seeking a tie-up with cableco Vectra. Telko.in reports that Play is looking to partner with Vectra to offer a converged package of fixed, mobile and pay-TV services to its existing cellular customer base. Earlier this week Play announced the PLN410 million (USD110 million) acquisition of fibre backbone network owner 3S.
Vectra already cooperates with Play, selling wireless services to its cable subscribers under an MVNO agreement since 2016. Vectra has cable networks passing some 2.6 million households, which could rise to around four million if it is successful with its ongoing plan to merge with rival operator Multimedia Polska.
Collaboration between cellcos and fixed network operators is already evident in Poland, with T-Mobile partnering with Orange to provide fixed broadband products, and the Cyfrowy Polsat group cross-selling services with its wireless unit Polkomtel (Plus). Just this week T-Mobile Poland launched its Magenta 1 package of converged services, which includes pay-TV, free-to-air TV, fixed and mobile telephony, and broadband internet access via its own mobile network and Orange’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure.