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Ericsson to build new 5G RAN for Polish mobile operator Play

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The vendor will implement locally manufactured 'Made in Poland' radio systems

Polish mobile operator provider Play Communications has appointed Ericsson to build up its RAN. 

The equipment maker has been contracted to modernise the Play’s RAN throughout Poland with Ericsson Radio System 5G kit. This is the first agreement between Play and Ericsson since the takeover of Play by the Iliad Group, the mobile operator claimed.

The upgrade will include Ericsson’s latest radio software systems such as spectrum sharing, Uplink Booster and 5G Carrier Aggregation (CA).

Finding MIMO

The operator’s base stations will be upgraded to use 4X4 MIMO whose spectrum efficiencies can produce speeds of 1Gbps. According to Play all the Massive MIMO equipment is locally produced which, it claims, helps it meet two targets by lowering its carbon footprint while diversifying its supply chain.

Ericsson and P4 say their joint innovation, at Ericsson's research and development centres in Poland, helped pushed the early-stage development of spectrum sharing techniques. Its labs in Kraków and Łódź employ 1,700 technicians and engineers.

Poland is a 5G kuźnia kadr

“The development of the network and investments in new technologies are a priority for Play,” said president of the Play Communications management board Jean-Marc Harion. “We are cooperating with Ericsson, thanks to which we provide the most innovative network solutions on the market.”

Ericsson is constantly investing heavily in research and development into mobile software development and 5G production, in Poland, according to Martin Mellor, head of Ericsson in Poland. “I am proud that our Made in Poland products will be implemented by Play for the benefit of its Polish customers.”