Play (telecommunications)

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Play
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 2007
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people Jørgen Bang-Jensen
Products Prepaid and postpaid mobile phones
Owner(s) Novator (49,7%), Tollerton (50,3%)
Website http://www.play.pl

Play, P4 is a brand name of the fourth Polish cellular telecommunications provider.

Icelandic-led Novator acquired a large stake in the company.[1]

Network[edit]

Play is the fourth cellular network in Poland. PLAY uses EGSM 900 for its 2G services and UMTS 2100 and UMTS 900 for 3G. Its MCC is 260-06. Thanks to domestic roaming with Polkomtel (Plus) and Centertel (Orange), PLAY is a nation-wide cellular carrier.

Native Network[edit]

As of 11.03.2013, PLAY Mobile has 3288 EGSM 900 BTS, 4143 UMTS 2100 nodeB and 2175 UMTS 900 nodeB's. UMTS 900 and UMTS 2100 network PLAY calls the 4G network. Currently 82% of population is covered with Play's native 4G network and 40% of population with 2G network. 4G is available in more than 300 cities and towns around Poland. Play started building its 3G network at the beginning of its existence (2007) and announced that its goal is to cover all of Poland with UMTS while provide GSM services through roaming. However, PLAY started building its GSM network in March 2009 in apparent bid to reduce roaming costs. EGSM 900 BTS and UMTS 900 nodeB use the same licence frequency. In place when are EGSM 900 usually is not UMTS 900. Play Mobile Broadband (Play Online) products does not used 2G network.

In 13.02.2013 the company won the tender for the frequency of 1800 MHz.[2] In 19.02.2013 PLAY filed in the Office of Electronic Communications applications for booking three blocks from the frequency band 1800 MHz.[3] The new frequency will be used probably for to build LTE network or shared network (LTE and DCS).

Roaming[edit]

On 09.06.2006 PLAY signed a domestic roaming agreement with Plus operator - Polkomtel. It allows Play subscribers to access Plus' GSM network as well as UMTS network. Roaming is nationwide, free and unlimited. In addition, Play subscribers can manually pick Plus GSM network despite presence of Play's native network. On 07.2010 PLAY signed a domestic roaming agreement with Orange operator - Centertel. The initial agreement included a limited territorial coverage. In 11.2011, the PLAY and Orange signed an annex to the agreement, expanding the coverage of the whole Polish territory.[4] However, Plus and Orange domestic network cannot be used with Play's Mobile Broadband products.

During the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona PLAY announced that the third domestic roaming partner will be T-Mobile operator - PTC.[5]

PLAY also has agreements with most of the operators worldwide to provide international roaming around the globe for its postpaid and prepaid customers.

Virgin Mobile Poland is using the PLAY network (including Orange network, excluding Plus network).

Services[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who is Thor Bjorgolfsson, Iceland's lone billionaire?". Invest in Greece. 2006-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Wyniki przetargu na częstotliwości 1800 MHz". Urząd Komunikacji Elektronicznej (Office of Electronic Communications). 2013-02-13. 
  3. ^ "PLAY złożył wnioski o rezerwację trzech bloków częstotliwości – sorki Orange ;-)". blogplay.pl. 2013-02-19. 
  4. ^ "W PLAY do wyboru aż trzy sieci!". blogplay.pl. 2011-11-28. 
  5. ^ "PLAY: w 2012 roku wyznaczyliśmy nowy kierunek rozwoju branży". blogplay.pl. 2013-02-26. 

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