Telecom operator Aero2 launched free mobile internet access in Poland, providing download speed of 256 kbps over the next year, to be increased to 512 kbps within two years.
The service appears within the framework of a tender organised by the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) for exclusive rights to 2570-2620 MHz frequencies won by Aero2 in November 2009. In consequence, Aero2 is required to use the frequencies to build a nationwide broadband wireless internet access network, with at least 20% of its capacity designated for free internet. Aero2 is also obligated to assure that the whole network covers 25% of the population by the end of 2012, and 50% by the end of 2014. The license for the frequencies, which cost PLN 20m (€5m), is valid through the end of 2024.
To obtain access to Aero2’s free network, customers must fill out a registration form on the company’s website, pay a deposit of PLN 55 (€14), and pick up a SIM card in person at the company’s headquarters in Warsaw.
A week after the launch of the new offer, UKE has expressed reservations about the availability of only one collection point for SIM cards and the deposit collected by the operator, although no actions have been taken.