Orange Polska says it plans to launch its first 5G mobile services on 1 July under the name #hello5G. The firm says that around six million people will be covered by its 5G networks at launch, via 1,600 base stations in cities including Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow and Katowice. The network will utilise frequencies in the 2100MHz band while it awaits the planned auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak but which the government hopes to complete by the end of this year.
Orange is the largest of Poland’s four main mobile network operators (MNOs) in subscriber terms, with 13.7 million active users and a 28% market share at the end of March 2020, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Rival operator Plus (Polkomtel) launched the country’s first commercial 5G network last month, while another cellco, Play (P4), says its own 2100MHz 5G infrastructure now covers 53 cities and towns, though it is still to begin offering commercial services.