Poland

Iliad can Play with Europe’s big boys

Play’s shareholders have overwhelming backed a takeover offer from Iliad, leaving the French firm in a position to call itself one of the biggest mobile groups in Europe.

Orange ups the ante on differentiation once again

Orange Poland has signed a conditional agreement to fully acquire energy company Multimedia Polska Energia, as the telco continues towards the goal of becoming a house-services provider.

Polish Play plugs public push

Polish operator Play has announced its intention to to float on the Warsaw stock exchange, in what could be one of the largest telco IPOs in recent years.

Orange to axe almost 3,000 staff in Poland

Operator group Orange has confirmed that it will reduce its workforce in Poland by almost 3,000 over the next two years. The operator’s Telekomunikacja Polska subsidiary has signed an agreement with trade unions in the country, specifying that up to 2,950 staff may voluntarily leave the firm.

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.”

Polish banks collaborate on m-payments initiative

Alior Bank, Bank Millennium, Bank Zachodni WBK, BRE Bank, ING Bank and PKO Bank Polski intend to build a common infrastructure including standard authorisation and settlement. The system will be open to all market participants, including other banks, and will support abilities such as mobile cash withdrawal from ATMs and mobile money transfer.

Firefox OS handsets primed for launch

Open source software provider Mozilla has released details of the first Firefox OS smartphones prior to their commercial launch. The Alcatel One Touch Fire and the ZTE Open will be launched by European operator groups Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, in Poland and Spain respectively,in thecoming weeks. Both operators said they hope the devices will form part of a line-up that will bring more choice to the smartphone ecosystem.

Poland’s Netia upgrades to 100G

Polish fixed line operator Netia has deployed 100G fibre across its network as it looks to benefit from a 40-fold increase in bandwidth. The operator has called on the Optical Networks business unit of Nokia Siemens Networks, a unit that the vendor agreed to sell to Marlin Equity Partners in December 2012.

450MHz band has great potential, even for LTE

At one time, the CDG (CDMA Development Group) was pushing the rapid adoption of CDMA2000 in what many perceived as rivalry against the 3GPP’s WCDMA standard. But with so many CDMA standard bearers migrating to LTE, the group has changed its focus to stay relevant, and is now heavily pushing the 450MHz band as a significant opportunity for spectrum and capacity poor mobile carriers.

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