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Poland's Polkomtel starts 5G rollout

Polkomtel Sp zoo began rolling out its commercial 5G network in Poland, aiming to make the service available in at least seven cities within the first quarter of 2020.

The mobile operator, which operates the Plus network, targets to make the next-generation mobile service initially accessible in Warsaw, Gdańsk, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań, Szczecin and Wrocław.

Polkomtel will provide 5G services using 2,600 MHz spectrum, based on similar cases in the U.S. and China. The company plans to deliver the services through about 100 base stations that will rely on equipment from Nokia Corp. and Ericsson.

Prior to the rollout, Polkomtel conducted 5G trials that ended in December 2019, according to a company statement.

Polkomtel is one of the telcos that teamed up with a Polish state-owned fund to form a company that will build 5G infrastructure in the country. The operator recently pulled out of a deal with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. after the latter failed to fulfill an IT software contract.

Polkomtel is a unit of pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat SA.