Cyfrowy Polsat’s Polkomtel, the operator of the Plus network, has started the rollout of the first commercial 5G network in Poland.
Employing the spectrum from the 2600 MHz band based on the Time Division Duplex (TDD) transmission technique, the first services will be made available in at least seven cities – Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin and Wroclaw – in the first quarter.
Commenting on the development, Miroslaw Blaszczyk, CEO of Cyfrowy Polsat, said: ”We always repeat that we prefer to act and speak about the things that we are specifically doing, rather than only talk about plans or intentions. Today we have a concrete piece of information for the Poles – we have completed the preparation and we are commencing the roll out of the first in Poland 5G network. It is no longer only tests or trials – we will see services which will be commercially available – just like all other services from our offer”.
Justyna Kulka, a member of the management board of Polkomtel, added: “We are deliberately starting network roll out not only in on place but in several locations across Poland simultaneously. Thanks to this the inhabitants of these seven cities will be able to enjoy the advantages of this first in Poland commercial 5G network”.
Kulka continued: ”The way TDD operates could be compared to the traffic on a modern motorway – instead forcing cars to queue at the toll gates, on Friday afternoon we open four lanes of the motorway, e.g. from Lodz to Gdan?sk, while on Sunday we open four lanes in the opposite direction. On an ordinary motorway, in turn, when there is traffic jam in one direction, the traffic in the opposite direction is usually minimal and nothing can be done about it – this is how the FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) technology operates. Cyfrowy Polsat is the only operator on the Polish market to have employed the TDD technology in both, LTE and 5G.”