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 mobile data services based on newly released and refarmed spectrum. In addition, the telecom regulator and operators alike are preparing for 5G, with the regulator embarking on a long-term strategy and with operators such as Orange Poland preparing to trial services based on 5G technologies in 2019.
Mobile penetration in Poland is above the European average, standing at almost 141% by early 2018. This reflects the continuing popularity among consumers to keep two or more SIM cards, which has distorted the real mobile penetration rate. The distortion has been addressed on two fronts: by network operators being encouraged to disconnect dormant SIM cards, and by legislation, effective from February 2017, which obliges subscribers of prepaid services to register their details. This has resulted in a significant readjustment in the number of subscribers in the market.
The market has effective competition from a number of MNOs, and has room for more than two dozen MVNOs, though many of these are small-scale. 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 2018 as operators make greater use of concessions in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands 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.
NetWorkS! Joint venture increases LTE spectrum allocation; Polkomtel's LTE-A service data rate increased to 300Mb/s; new law waives spectrum fees for technology trials; Orange Poland elects not to renew 450MHz licence; Orange Poland launches commercial Wi-Fi Calling service, planning 5G trials in 2019; T-Mobile Poland launches commercial NB-IoT services; 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 2016 market data report, State Statistics data for 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.