WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland should form a consortium of private and state-owned enterprises to develop 5G network infrastructure to ensure reduced costs and a better protection against security threats, the chief executive of Poland’s state-owned telecom group Exatel said.
FILE PHOTO: A 5G sign is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 28, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
Together with other European countries, Poland is rushing to keep pace with the installation of 5G services offer far faster download of data, but a number of implementation plans are complicated by security doubts surrounding the Chinese vendor Huawei.
“The problems of the Chinese manufacturers of equipment certainly increasing awareness that the state needs to maintain a certain degree of control over the telecommunications infrastructure,”
Exatel CEO Nikodem Boncza Tomaszewski told Reuters.
“And this is guaranteed by the 5G wholesale operator model proposed by Exatel,” Boncza Tomaszewski said, with the argument Exatel should have more say in how the likes of Orange Polska, Polkomtel (a unit of Cyfrowy Polsat), T-Mobile and Play Communication development of 5G networks in Poland.
The Polish government is considering a ban on Huawei following products concern about potential cybersecurity threats.
“The best organizational formula … would the founding of the company by Exatel (met) private mobile operators, possibly in other state companies in the field of telecommunications needs, such as energy and railway companies,” Boncza Tomaszewski said.
The Exatel chief said the first meeting was held with the operators of last year, but the approach had not yet led to a formal offer.
Orange Polska told Reuters it did not see the need for a wholesale operator to be launched for the 5G network as the current model of the construction of mobile networks through the major carriers had worked well.
“But we do not exclude cooperation between operators for the 700 MHz band on the basis of voluntary decisions of individual operators,” he said in an e-mailed statement.
Poland’s leading telecom operators, T-Mobile, Polkomtel and Play does not respond to requests for comment.
Cyfrowy’s main shareholder is Zygmunt Solorz was quoted as saying earlier this month by the Rzeczpospolita daily that Poland should consider building a 5G network to carry it quickly and effectively.
Boncza Tomaszewski said that the consortium should oversee 5G network in the construction industry in Poland for the 700 MHz band, which is intended to cover the entire country, in contrast to other bands that are available at the regional level.
Reporting by Anna Copper; Editing by David Holmes