Poland - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Poland's mobile market in recent years has been characterised by the rapid extension of LTE networks and the development of services. By early 2017 mobile penetration stood at around 142%, among the highest rates in the region. The popularity among consumers for keeping two or more SIM cards has distorted the mobile penetration rate. This has been addressed on to fronts: by the regulator encouraging network operators to disconnect dormant SIM cards, and by the government which passed legislation, effective from February 2017, which obliged prepaid SIM card holders to register their details with network providers. As a result there has been a significant readjustment in the number of subscribers in the market since 2015.
The market has effective competition from a number of MNOs, and has room for about 20 MVNOs. ARPU continues to be adversely affected by retail tariff competition and regulatory mandated reductions in mobile termination rates and roaming tariffs. However, operators anticipate that ARPU will rise in line with consumer adoption of mobile data services, facilitated by improved network infrastructure. LTE networks provide extensive population coverage, which will increase further into 2017 as operators make greater use of concessions in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, released to them in early 2016, and refarm spectrum currently used for GSM and 3G services
This report reviews Poland's mobile market, providing profiles of the major operators together with updated operating and financial results, and covering recent regulatory measures and spectrum auction results. The report also assesses the reach and capabilities of mobile technologies as deployed by operators, and details developments in mobile services and applications.
Polkomtel's LTE-A infrastructure providing 40% population coverage; Orange Poland elects not to renew 450MHz licence; Orange Poland launches commercial Wi-Fi Calling service; T-Mobile Poland expected to launch commercial NB-IoT services by mid-2017; Orange Poland and T-Mobile Poland extend LTE network sharing to additional spectrum bands; regulator removes operator obligations on the SMS market; Polkomtel trials LTE-B and VoWi-Fi technologies; regulator makes steps to annul results of the 2007 1800MHz auction; SMS use falls in the wake of OTT alternative services; report update includes the regulator's 2015 market data report, State Statistics data for 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.