Network upgrade boosts Polish operator’s coverage

Poland’s leading mobile operator has improved its mobile broadband services with better indoor coverage and wider reach beyond the nation’s larger cities. Nokia Siemens Networks has modernised Polkomtel’s GSM network and expanded its 3G/HSPA+ network to enable new services using the 900 MHz frequency band.

“It is very important for Polkomtel to extend mobile broadband access to all parts of the country and to offer services and applications that will benefit both people and businesses,” said Jaroslaw Bauc, member of the Polkomtel Board. “We successfully launched new 3G/HSPA+ services by using a 900 MHz band refarming solution as a supplement to our existing 2.1 GHz services. This resulted in improved coverage and quality of our mobile broadband offering.”

In the course of a month NSN deployed 500 Flexi Multi Radio Base Stations, as well as enabling existing GSM sites to be reused without requiring any additional external combiners, filters or dedicated antennas, thereby saving costs while maintaining GSM quality and capacity.

“By using spectrum in the 900 MHz band, operators can extend mobile broadband to rural areas and offer improved indoor coverage, where most data consumption takes place,” said Radomir Grucza, head of Nokia Siemens Networks in Poland. “In addition, using the 900 MHz band saves implementation and operation costs due to lower hardware requirements. Operators can thus offer high-quality experience to their customers without having to make significant hardware investments.”

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