Telecommunication services

Mobile and fixed-line telephony

We provide mobile telephony services mainly through our subsidiary Polkomtel, Plus network operator. Polkomtel is one of the leading Polish mobile telecommunications network operators. As at December 31, 2020 we provided 11 million mobile telephony services in both the postpaid and prepaid models.

We offer a comprehensive array of mobile telecommunications services under the established umbrella brand ‘Plus’ and our additional brand ‘Plush,’ as well as under the brands belonging to Aero 2 and under the ‘Netia’ brand. Our offer includes retail services, comprising contract and prepaid voice services, as well as data transmission services encompassing basic mobile broadband services, MMS, value added services such as entertainment, information and comprehensive convergent telecommunications services for large businesses. Additionally, our mobile telephony offer is complemented with a wide portfolio of handsets and smartphones, including devices which support LTE, LTE Advanced and 5G technologies. Our retail mobile telephony offering is addressed to individual and business customers, including major corporate accounts, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) segment.

We provide fixed-line telecommunications services under the ‘Netia’ and ‘Plus’ brands based on the infrastructure of our subsidiary Netia, who operates based on both own telecommunications infrastructure and access to the infrastructure of Orange Polska, Nexera and Inea. The dedicated retail offering of fixed-line telephony offered under the ‘Netia’ brand includes both business customers, including institutions, medium and large enterprises and small companies, as well as individual customers.

Mobile broadband Internet

In 2011, we were the first commercial service provider in Poland to launch an LTE-based broadband Internet access service. At present, our LTE Internet and HSPA/HSPA+ Internet cover practically the entire population of Poland. Since 2016 we have been offering our customers services in the LTE Advanced technology. This technology is being successively developed, as demonstrated by our launch of the QAM 256 and MIMO 4x4 modulation, which allows for increased transmission speed while using the same radio band. We are also pursuing aggregation of bands in two, three and, selectively, four frequencies which further contributes to increasing the capacity of our network, thus making our mobile Internet faster and more stable. As at December 31, 2020, we provided around 1.9 million mobile broadband Internet access services, mostly in the contract model.

In May 2020, we launched the first commercial 5G network in Poland using the spectrum from the 2.6 GHz TDD frequency band. The launch was the first step en route to Plus’s nationwide 5G network coverage in Poland. At the end of 2020, thanks to the next phase of network extension, over 7 million people were within the reach of our 5G network and the total number of base stations exceeded 1,000. In June 2021 the footprint of our 5G network was already over 13 million people and the total number of 5G base stations increased to 2,000 transceivers.

We provide a comprehensive array of mobile broadband Internet access services to both individual and business customers under three alternative brands: ‘Plus,’ ‘Cyfrowy Polsat’ and ‘Netia.’ We offer broadband Internet in both the contract and the prepaid model. Moreover, thanks to our LTE Internet access service combined with the set Home LTE Internet we can offer customers a product that constitutes a substitute for fixed-line Internet. Additionally, pursuant to the provisions of the concession related to the purchase of the 2600 MHz TDD band, our subsidiary Aero 2 provides free of charge Internet access services, however with limited parameters (BDI offer).

Our offering is complemented by a portfolio of dedicated devices (modems, routers, tablets, laptops, ODU-IDU sets, etc.), that support LTE, LTE Advanced and 5G technologies. Such a wide offering allows us to address the needs of customers, who are interested in using mobile broadband Internet for its mobility as well as those customers, who want to substitute fixed-line Internet access at home or in the office.

Fixed-line broadband Internet

Through our subsidiaries Netia and Polkomtel we provide fixed-line broadband Internet services, among others in fiber optic technologies. Fixed-line services are being rendered via own access networks with over 2.75 million homes passed, out of which, as at end of December 2020, 1.73 million were within the reach of broadband Internet with transmission speed of 1 Gbps. Netia’s own network reaches approximately 180 locations and is supported by an extensive, nationwide backbone infrastructure. Moreover, we offer fixed-line Internet services based on access to Orange Polska’s, Nexera’s and Inea’s networks.

We provide fixed-line broadband Internet services to both individual and business customers.

Services to individual customers are sold mainly in bundles with TV and voice services, including a mobile offering. The service offering is supplemented by a number of value added services which support ARPU levels and the loyalty of our customers. Netia Spot, a wireless Wi-Fi router, and Netia Player, an innovative multimedia set-top box with access to a variety of TV channels, VOD services, Internet apps and the possibility to open own multimedia files all constitute a part of the home multimedia platform which uses broadband Internet access for distribution of content to members of a household.

Broadband Internet access services for business customers are offered in fiber optic, Ethernet, xDSL and HFC technologies. They are part of a wide range of services, including traditional fixed-line telephony solutions (analogue and ISDN access), the latest IP telephony services with hosted PABX (Next Generation Network – NGN technology), Unified Communications services, video communications (video conference services in HD quality), wholesale messaging, lease of digital lines, VPN and Ethernet networks, and data center services which are addressed to companies using Internet in business solutions, running portals and news services.

Other

Wholesale business

As part of our wholesale business we provide services to other telecommunication operators. These services include network interconnection, texting (SMS) and MMS traffic routing, international roaming, services to MVNOs, shared access to network assets and lease of network infrastructure.

Network interconnection

Our telecommunications infrastructure used in interconnection cooperation enables us to effectively manage telecommunications traffic routing to all operators domestically and abroad.

Shared access to network assets and lease of telecommunications infrastructure

As a consequence of significant capital expenditures and acquisitions carried out in the past, our Group has an extensive telecommunications infrastructure, which allows us to handle constantly increasing usage of telecommunications products and services. In order to optimize costs of maintenance of our infrastructure, we share access to network assets and lease components of our network infrastructure from and/or to other telecommunications providers on the Polish market. Within the Group we execute projects which benefit from telecommunications infrastructure owned by our entities, thus gaining synergies by the replacement of the infrastructure leased from the third parties with assets possessed by the Group companies.

International roaming

Within our wholesale business we provide international roaming services to foreign mobile operators that allow customers of foreign mobile telecommunications network operators to use mobile telecommunications services (voice calls, texting and data transmission) when logged to our network and outside their home network. We also enter into international roaming wholesale agreements in order to provide, both to our own customers and the customers of MVNOs operating on our network, international roaming services in the networks of our roaming partners.

Virtual operators (MVNOs)

We provide operators present in Poland with wholesale access to our mobile telecommunications network based on different models of cooperation.

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are operators who provide mobile telephony and data transmission services, as well as fixed-lined telephony services based on Polkomtel’s networks in a model in which Polkomtel provides access to its mobile network, exchange of interconnection traffic to/from MVNOs’ customers and other possible forms of wholesale support to operations of MVNOs. As a rule, this type of cooperation is used by operators who do not own complete technical infrastructure required to provide telecommunications services (including frequency allocations). Such cooperation allows operators to take advantage of each party’s strengths: Polkomtel’s high quality nationwide network and its support in servicing telecommunications aspects of MVNO operations and dedicated offerings, marketing and sales under own brand of the MVNO wholesale partners.

As part of the cooperation with MVNOs, we provide wholesale services including voice calls, text messaging and data transmission (including MMS services), premium rate services, value-added services, international roaming, services provided to specific governmental authorities and agencies, hosting services on Polkomtel’s billing platform, customer support, handling claims of MVNOs’ customers, access to SIM cards, telephone devices and Polkomtel’s telephone card recharging sales channels as well as other services, depending on the needs and selected technical model of cooperation.

Polkomtel was the first mobile operator in Poland to open its network to MVNOs (in 2006) and since then it sustains the leading position in this telecommunications market segment.

 

Last updated 07/13/2021