P4 (Play) has selected Ericsson as an additional partner to expand its radio access network in Poland, based on Ericsson Radio System.
The network expansion with Ericsson Radio System will help Play increase its mobile broadband coverage nationwide and significantly enhance subscribers’ user experience in the process. Additionally, the companies will coordinate between their Polish R&D centres - located in Kraków and Łódź - where Ericsson employs a large group of radio experts.
Play already has a network of more than 6,000 owned base stations across Poland equipped with the most recent technology equipment. The cooperation with Ericsson will not only support this project but will also allow for the implementation of 4G to 5G system evolution projects in the longer term. Radio and baseband units in Ericsson Radio System are ready for 5G.
Play CEO Jean-Marc Harion said: “Play has been the operator deploying the largest number of radio sites this year, and our mobile data speed was recently recognised as the second best in Poland. Play has gained a strong partner in Ericsson, which will help us accelerate the plan of further expansion of our own telecommunication network and ultimately will participate in the next stages of our network evolution.”
Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Ericsson in Europe and Latin America, says: “By deploying our best-of-breed, next-generation radio network and OSS solutions, we can enable Play to further expand their network cost-effectively and deliver a great customer experience to their subscribers.”