Orange Polska has begun Poland’s first live urban test of 5G technology in Warsaw in conjunction with Ericsson. Operating on a government-granted test licence in the 3.4GHz-3.6GHz band, the test network has been set up between nine sites in the Ochota and Powisle districts of the Polish capital. Orange Poland has made more than 100 5G smartphones and routers available for invited customers to test and experience 5G download speeds of up to 900Mbps. The operator expects to roll out commercial 5G in Poland in 2020-21, following the acquisition of the necessary 5G spectrum.
Jean-Francois Fallacher, CEO of Orange Poland, said: ‘Today we are one step closer to launching the Polish fifth-generation mobile network. We are technologically ready for this challenge. After more than a year of trials in laboratories and in the field, we have launched a network operating in the capital city.’