Poland’s Midas Group, which is controlled by media tycoon Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, has announced the launch of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the 800MHz band via its Aero2 subsidiary. The operator is utilising more than 1,000 LTE-800 base stations to complement its existing network of 4,170 1800MHz LTE transmitters. Midas says its combined LTE networks now reach more than 90% of Poland’s population. Aero2 also operates a 900MHz HSPA+ 3.5G system, which has population coverage of over 99%.
Meanwhile, Telecompaper reports that Poland’s third-largest cellco by subscribers, Polkomtel, which operates under the Plus brand and is also backed by Solorz-Zak, has revealed that it will be utilising the Midas Group infrastructure to launch its own 800MHz LTE services. It recently pulled out of the government’s ongoing 800MHz spectrum auction, saying that it was hopeful that operators would agree to share their frequencies in the band to create one or two national LTE networks rather than all parties pushing ahead with separate deployments.
Separately, fixed-wireless operator Sferia, which is also part of the stable of companies part-owned by Solorz-Zak, has revealed that it has received permits to build 4,067 800MHz base stations from the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE). Both Aero2 and Polkomtel are utilising 5MHz of LTE800 spectrum held by sister company Sferia.