Orange Polska goes live with 5G test network in Warsaw

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Working with Ericsson, the operator switched on the country’s first live urban 5G test network.

The network is set up between nine sites in the Ochota and Powiśle districts of the Polish capital, operating on a government-granted test licence on the 3.4-3.6GHz band.

The operator has made more than 100 5G smartphones and routers available for invited customers to test and experience 5G download speeds of up to 900Mbps.

It expects to roll-out commercial 5G in Poland in 2020–2021, after acquiring the necessary 5G spectrum.

Ready for the challenge

Jean-François Fallacher, CEO, Orange Poland, said, “Today we are one step closer to launching the Polish fifth generation mobile network. We are technologically ready for this challenge.

“After more than a year of trials in laboratories and in the field, we have launched a network operating in the capital city.”

Martin Mellor, Head of Ericsson Poland, commented, “Our collaboration with Orange Poland, together with our ongoing investment across [the country], contributes to a wave of 5G innovation making Poland one of the leading nations for 5G in Europe.”