The Polish fixed and mobile operator Orange Polska says it has reached the milestone of 500,000 subscriptions on its fibre-optic networks. Launched in 2015, the telco’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure now passes four million people in 142 cities, with a target of five million by end-2020. In over 70 cities, more than half of households are covered. While the overall rate of take-up on the network stands at 12.5%, Orange says the rate is much higher in certain markets, including Podkowa Lesna, where 52% of homes passed by fibre have opted to subscribe, and Milanowek, where take-up is 33%. The company says its largest fibre markets are Warsaw (79,000 customers), Wroclaw (30,000 customers) and Krakow (29,000 customers).
Separately, the telco has announced that it has achieved a speed of over 1Gbps on its trial 5G network in Warsaw. Telepolis reports that the average speed reached in the trials is 380Mbps.