Orange Polska still growing LTE network

26 Jul 2019

Orange Polska says it had 11,047 LTE-enabled base stations on its network at the end of June 2019, up from 10,951 six months earlier. 7,969 sites supported higher 4G speeds using carrier aggregation (CA) technology, up from 6,901 at end-2018. 4G services are now available to 99.85% of Poland’s population and 99.18% of the territory, the cellco said in its Q2 2019 financial report.

The firm says spectrum refarming is progressing, with 1800MHz frequencies being re-purposed from 2G to 4G, while parts of its 2100MHz 3G spectrum are also being transferred to 4G use. With its 800MHz and 2600MHz 4G-capable spectrum, this will enable Orange to utilise four-band carrier aggregation. Orange had 13.43 million mobile subscribers at the end of June 2019, plus a further 1.53 million M2M connections on its network. Orange Polska has a 50:50 infrastructure sharing venture with rival operator T-Mobile which is dubbed NetWorkS!