Orange has launched a 5G pilot in the city of Lublin, Poland, as part of its ongoing network trials in the country.
Ten Nokia 5G base stations are operating in the Ponikwoda, Tatary, Wieniawa and Śródmieście districts of Lublin.
The trial uses 80MHz on the 3.4-3.6GHz frequency band to support data transfer speeds of up to 800Mbps. Orange will use 5G smartphones in the trial, alongside Nokia’s 5G radio access technology and FastMile 5G Gateways for Fixed Wireless Access.
Tests with various suppliers
Last month, Orange launched its first 5G pilot in Poland in Warsaw, using kit from Ericsson.
Jean-François Fallacher, President of Orange Polska, said, “We have been working on building Polish 5G for over a year now to choose the optimal solution for our customers and the development of the mobile network. Tests with various suppliers give us priceless experience.
“They also confirm that we are technologically ready to launch this next-generation network and show what opportunities it will give to Poles and the Polish economy in the future. I am glad that the trials take place in Lublin, a city focused on development with modern technologies.”
Smart city potential
Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of Lublin, commented, “Lublin is a friendly place for new technologies. The city has a thriving IT sector focused in the Lublin IT Highland ecosystem. We are also an important academic centre. We have been implementing solutions for years to make Lublin smart, and thus more attractive to investors.
“We want to meet the needs and ambitions of our citizens. In this way, we are building modern Lublin step by step, and 5G tests carried out by Orange and Nokia confirm our potential as a smart city.”