Orange started to deliver UMTS900-based Internet access. Already available at nearly 1/5 of the national territory, the service will soon be launched in subsequent regions to considerably increase the coverage of Orange’s fast mobile Internet. Eventually, it will reach 98.9% of the population, enabling them to access the network at a speed of 42 Mbps in cities and up to 21 Mbps elsewhere.
The use of UMTS 900 for HSPA+ mobile data transmission services (up to 21 Mbps) allows to increase the coverage and availability of fast mobile Internet in poorly urbanized and rural areas. It is a considerable supplement of the scope of HSPA+ DC Orange Internet services (up to 42 Mbps) delivered in the UMTS2100 band.
With the combined ability to use data transmission in both technologies, 98.9% of the country’s population will be covered by Orange fast mobile Internet upon planned completion of technical works in 3Q 2014. This means, Orange customers will be able to connect to the network and use broadband Internet access virtually at any inhabited area in Poland.
New ways to access the Orange fast mobile Internet are already available to Orange customers in the region of Białystok, Elbląg, Ełk, Gorzów, Krosno, Nowy Sącz, Olsztyn, Przemyśl, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Tarnobrzeg, Tarnów and Zielona Góra.
The area where UMTS900 services were launched is outlined in the map below:
UMTS900 services do not involve any extra fees and may be accessed with most of today’s phones, smartphones, tablets and PCs with GSM modems.
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The launch of UMTS900 services is a part of the countrywide program for the Orange network enhancement and upgrade in order to create one of the most sophisticated telecommunications network in Europe. The process is spread over 2 years and will be completed in 2014 to cover the entire national territory. The project is split into stages referred to as clusters, i.e. areas where 20-30 cellular senders (base stations) are located. The cluster usually covers a large part or the entire area of a town or poviat.
Technical works are conducted since May 2012 and are now halfway through. Completed tasks include the upgrade and construction of more than 5,000 base stations, primarily in eastern and western regions of the country. With the launch of new base stations, their number in areas where the upgrade is already completed has grown by more than 57%, and the network’s technical capacity has considerably increased. Currently, upgrade works are conducted in largest Polish cities: Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków and Poznań, and are about to begin in Silesia.
Base stations operating in the Orange network have been previously equipped, or are being equipped during the works in progress, with latest-generation hardware enabling a significant increase of the quality of delivered services. The base stations are connected to a state-of-the-art high-throughput data transmission network. This allows for launching new services based on technologies previously unavailable on such a large scale.
An important outcome of the implemented project will be a significant increase of the number of base stations that support Orange customers. Totally, their number will increase by 50% to reach 10,000. As a consequence, nearly 99% of the population will be covered by UMTS-based 3G services. The increase of the number of senders and the launch of new technologies will enable a considerable improvement of service quality and fast mobile Internet availability (up to 42 Mbps and 21 Mbps) virtually at any inhabited place in Poland. Orange base stations will also be ready for the launch of LTE-based fast mobile data transmission.
For more information on the enhancement and upgrade of the Orange network, go to www.orange.pl/lepszyzasieg