T-Mobile is one of the largest mobile networks in Poland, providing a full range of telecommunication services to both private and institutional customers. The T-Mobile network offers mobile and fixed line telephone and Internet services in subscription, pre-paid and “mix” systems.
Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa S.A. (PTC) is the operator of the T-Mobile network in Poland. PTC was established in 1995 as a limited liability company. On August 1, 2011, PTC was transformed into a joint-stock company. The first co-founder (and currently sole owner) of PTC is the Deutsche Telekom (DT) Group – a global telecommunications company that owns T-Mobile and T-Systems, among others. DT provides services to approximately 200 million customers across 50 countries. In 1996, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa commenced its commercial activity under the name of Era GSM and, subsequently, Era. It quickly became one of the largest telecommunication companies in Poland. On June 5, 2011, PTC introduced Poland to the international brand, T-Mobile, which replaced the previous brand – Era. Thanks to this, PTC customers joined a family of approximately 128 million customers throughout the world who use the services of the T-Mobile network. PTC was the first Polish operator to launch GPRS packet data transfer, present UMTS technology and video calls using a mobile telephone, as well as to make available the new HSDPA and HSPA+ technologies allowing the use of wireless broadband data transfer, among many other things. Currently, the operator provides services to approximately 15 million customers and its network covers nearly 100% of Poland’s territory and its inhabitants.
PTC offers two categories of services: T-Mobile – covering subscription offers for private and business customers; and Pre-paid T-Mobile – a pre-paid service in the T-Mobile and Heyah networks. The company’s offer also includes voice and non-voice services, such as wireless Internet access and multi-media services. For business customers T-Mobile provides comprehensive solutions in the areas of communications, data transfer and specialized applications. T-Mobile also offers mobile Internet access service: blueconnect. This service uses HSPA+ Dual Carrier, HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS or WLAN technologies allowing immediate wireless access to the Internet, corporate resources, and e-mail from any location for a fixed monthly charge or under the pre-paid system. Blueconnect mobile Internet can be used nationwide in Poland - and even abroad – via international roaming. In 2003, PTC launched a widespread HotSpot network offering WLAN-based wireless Internet access. In March 2005, PTC introduced the BlackBerry® service, which is a popular solution in wireless communication throughout the world. Thanks to being a part of the international Deutsche Telekom Group, PTC can offer its customers the most popular mobile phones, such as iPhone 4S, as well as modern technologies. In 2012, Poland became one of the first DT Group countries where T-Mobile customers could enjoy mobile payments using the NFC technology.
Apart from mobile services, PTC also offers fixed-line services based on the company’s own network infrastructure. The “Home Tariff” and “Company Tariff” services, introduced in 2006, were the first fixed-line solutions to combine the benefits of both fixed-line and mobile telephones. Another fixed-line offer, which was implemented using the PTC infrastructure, is the “Fixed-line Number” – a unique solution that allows a mobile and fixed-line number to share a single SIM card. T-Mobile customers can also use fixed-line services based on the infrastructure of traditional operators. Customers can transfer or subscribe to new fixed-line telephone services – “Home Telephone” and “Business Line”, as well as broadband fixed-line Internet – “Home Internet”.
PTC employs approximately 5,200 people and is rated one of the best employers in the Polish market. It has won numerous competitions, such as Leader in HR Management, organized by the Institute of Labour and Social Studies. The Company has also received a number of prestigious awards for its implemented HR policies, such as: Reliable Employer 2008 and Top Employer three years in a row: in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The company is nationwide one of the best-known sponsors of major cultural, sports, educational, and charity initiatives. Some of the most important PTC projects include the “T-Mobile New Horizons” film festival, sponsorship of top-class football matches – “T-Mobile Ekstraklasa”, and the “Together for others” social programme. The company has received numerous awards and prizes for their sponsorship activities.