Orange Polska and Ericsson have launched a 5G test network in Warsaw offering download speeds close to 900Mbps.
These are the first large-scale 5G trials in Poland, testing the technology in urban conditions. Orange and Ericsson brought nine sites online in the Warsaw district of Ochota and Powiśle. The operator will invite its customers to take part in the trials using Orange Neva Jet 5G smartphones.
“Today, access to a fast network is what access to roads and electricity used to be” said Marek Zagórski, Minister of Digital Affairs. “For Poland, the fifth generation network is a chance for rapid development of the economy. We want to do everything to let Polish companies benefit from it.”
“After more than a year of trials in laboratories and in the field, we have launched a network operating in the capital city. We will invite our customers to those tests, providing them with new 5G smartphones manufactured especially for Orange”, said Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange Polska.
“Ericsson has been leading the worldwide 5G rollout and now we bring the same technology to the heart of Warsaw. Our collaboration with Orange Polska together with our ongoing investment across Poland contributes to a wave of 5G innovation making Poland one of the leading nations for 5G in Europe”, said Martin Mellor, Head of Ericsson Poland.
Ericsson and Orange Polska are conducting tests to find optimal solutions in terms of network management and meeting the needs of customers. The devices constituting the test network operate via the 80MHz channel in the 3.4 - 3.6GHz band, made available by the Office of Electronic Communications. Poland is expected to use this band for the eventual launch of 5G services. The tests will use the currently available 5G devices, including more than 100 smartphones and routers.
The sites have been located in such a way that they create a consistent range and allow movement between them without interrupting the connection with 5G. The applied solutions allow for data transmission via 5G technology integrated with Orange’s backbone fibre optic network. All the tested sites are connected to the network via an optical link with 10Gbps throughput, i.e. ten times faster than the standard Orange Polska's 4G connection. This allows for data to be downloaded at speeds up to 1Gbps.