Polkomtel

Polkomtel to be bought by Polish pay-TV provider

Leading Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has agreed to buy a majority stake in the market’s third-placed mobile operator Polkomtel, in a deal worth roughly PLN5.15 billion (€1.23 billion). Cyfrowy, which had 3.55 million pay TV subscribers at the end of the first half this year,according to Informa’s WBIS, said the deal will establish it as “the largest media-telecommunications group in Poland.”

Vodafone partners with Polkomtel

UK operator group Vodafone has signed a partner market agreement with Polish operator Polkomtel. Vodafone’s multinational customers will benefit from the addition of Poland to their existing contracts for international services, the group said. Vodafone disposed of a 24.4 per cent stake in Polkomtel in 2011 as part of a wider strategy to realise value from its non-controlled assets.

Ericsson expands LTE coverage in Poland

Polish operators Polkomtel and Aero2 are working with Ericsson to expand their LTE and W-CDMA networks in the country. The operator will expand their networks in northern and western Poland as data consumption continues to surge across the nation.

Polish regulator imposes MTR cuts

Polish telecoms regulator UKE has announced plans to slash mobile termination rates (MTR) for operators in the country, in line with directives from the European Commission. T-Mobile Poland, Orange Poland and Polkomtel will have their MTR rates cut by 33 per cent at the beginning of 2013, from 0. 1223 zlotys ($0.04) per minute to 0.0826 zlotys per minute.

Polish media mogul buys Polkomtel

Poland’s second largest carrier, Polkomtel, has been sold to media mogul and Forbes rich-list regular Zygmunt Solorz-Zak for a reported €4.5bn. The sale brings an end to what’s been a fairly lengthy saga; the telco’s multiple shareholders have been looking to sell the company for several years but opportunities for a clean sale were regularly marred by in-fighting and disagreement over how the sale should proceed.

Polkomtel plot thickens

The $6bn Polkomtel sale saga looks set to take an interesting turn this week with reports that last-minute squabbling between shareholders could derail the whole process. When news of the impending sale was first announced, many observers pointed to the fragmented nature of the telco’s ownership as a potential roadblock to achieving a smooth sale. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that sources close to the deal are saying the involvement of state-owned shareholderrs with differing views on how the transaction should go ahead are putting the whole venture at risk.

Speculation mounts regarding Polkomtel bidders

Nordic carriers TeliaSonera and Telenor and Turkish operator Turkcell are among the shortlisted bidders for Polish operator Polokomtel, according to reports in the Polish media. Also said to be on the shortlist is a bid from Polish media mogul and Forbes rich-list regular, Zygmunt Solorz-Zak.

TeliaSonera bids for Polkomtel

Dominant Nordic telco TeliaSonera has confirmed a bid for Polish operator Polkomtel, joining a rumoured ten other operators (including Spain’s Telefonica and Norway’s Telenor) looking to expand into the area.

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