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54-2016 Orange to increase the coverage and capacity of its LTE network on new bands

Current report 54/2016

Orange Polska S.A., Warsaw, Poland

6 December 2016

 

Pursuant to Art. 17, clause 1 of the Regulation (eu) no 596/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on market abuse (market abuse regulation) and repealing Directive 2003/6/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Commission Directives 2003/124/EC, 2003/125/EC and 2004/72/EC, Management Board of Orange Polska informs about signing an annex to the agreement with T-Mobile.

 

Orange to increase the coverage and capacity of its LTE network on new bands

 

On December 6, 2016, Orange Polska signed an annex to the radio access network (RAN) sharing agreement with T-Mobile, which expanded their existing co-operation to include the equipment operating on the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands. These bands were subject of an auction for frequencies, which was carried out in 2015, while the spectrum was finally distributed among operators in June 2016.

 

Orange Polska has been co-operating with T-Mobile with respect to radio access since 2011. In the initial phase of this co-operation each party provided access to about 5,000 of its base stations to the other, which was completed in the second quarter of 2014 and resulted in Orange customers experiencing an improvement in the coverage and capacity of the 3G network. In the meantime, the co-operation included also LTE/4G services on the 1800 MHz band, which enabled Orange Polska to offer the latest mobile broadband technology. Hence, the current agreement is the natural next step in this co-operation, which will first of all increase the LTE/4G network capacity and improve coverage in rural areas and indoors. Both operators will use only their own spectrum resources for rendering services on LTE 800 and LTE2600. In addition, each operator is to deploy several hundred new base stations, which will further expand coverage, particularly in new residential estates and along highways and railway lines. As a result, Orange Polska will be able to further optimise the development of its mobile infrastructure.

 

Currently, Orange customers can use about 1,500 sites operating on the new bands, and several hundred sites will be added by the end of 2016. The overall coverage with the fastest mobile broadband in the 4G technology exceeds 98% of Poland’s population and 86% of Poland’s territory. Next year, apart from gradual expansion in coverage and capacity, Orange Polska will focus on increasing the number of sites with bandwidth aggregation, resulting in an up to two-and-a-half fold increase in the LTE/4G speed.

 

 

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