Poland's Cyfrowy Polsat reportedly close to LTE launch

The Polish mobile operator Cyfrowy Polsat is expected to announce the commercial availability of LTE starting at the beginning of September following trials that began in March involving 2,000 users, according to a report in Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza.

While the company has yet to confirm it will launch LTE services next week, it has released tariff details that will ask customers to sign a 29-month contract. This will also involve a monthly charge of 1 Polish zloty (€0.24) for 200 MB of download data, rising to 49 zloty (€11.76) per month for 55 GB.

However, Cyfrowy Polsat has introduced an interesting clause for the first 10,000 consumers that subscribe to its LTE service. During the first six months of the contract, which will be provided for free, customers will be able to download 10 0MB of data per month, but with a limit of 50 GB between the hours of 8 a.m. and midnight. The remaining 50 GB can only be used outside of these hours.

The company has not announced which LTE devices will be made available for the commercial service, albeit that Dominik Libicki, Cyfrowy Polsat's president, has said modems will appear in its retail outlets by the end of this month.

The company used 1800MHz LTE modems from IPWireless for itssix-month consumer trial that saw over 400 base stations being enabled for LTE.

For more:
- see this Broadband TV News article
- see this Telecom Paper article (sub. req.)

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