T-Mobile Poland expects to keep 2G for five-to-six years

17 Jun 2019

T-Mobile Poland could keep its 2G GSM network in service for another five or six years. According to a report from Telko.in, 90% of the data carried by T-Mobile in the first three months of 2019 went via its 4G LTE network, with around 9% on its 3G UMTS infrastructure and less than 1% via 2G and 2.5G systems. Thomas Lips, chief technology officer, says that T-Mobile still has many clients utilising 2G handsets, though he added: ‘With a declining base, at some point it may turn out that it is no longer profitable to provide services for them.’

T-Mobile said that 43% of the data on its networks now comes from video services, including YouTube. One individual user managed to transfer 50TB of data in a single billing cycle. The cellco says it has 11,350 base stations in service, with 7,550 of them supporting carrier aggregation (CA) for LTE-A and 1,500 able to use four carriers. Around 11,200 locations are shared with Orange Polska under their NetWorkS! infrastructure sharing venture. T-Mobile Poland had 10.82 million customers at the end of March 2019, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.

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