Polish cellco Polkomtel, which operates under the Plus brand, has begun rolling out its commercial 5G network, with a launched planned by the end of March this year. The operator, which is part of the Cyfrowy Polsat group, is rolling out 5G equipment using 2600MHz TDD spectrum in seven cities initially: Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin and Wroclaw. MIMO 4×4 and QAM256 technologies will be used to provide download speeds in excess of 500Mbps via approximately 100 base stations at launch. Equipment is being supplied by Ericsson and Nokia.
Miroslaw Blaszczyk, President of the Management Board of Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, commented: ‘We have finished preparations and are beginning to build the first 5G network in Poland. These will no longer be tests or trials – they will be commercial services available like all others in our offer.’