P4 Forges On
August 2, 2006
During a press conference held on July 12 at P4's headquarters, Poland's fourth cellular operator, company president Chris Bannister summed up the past 12 months of the company's activities.
P4 is a joint project of the Novator investment fund and Netia. The company was created Sept. 15, 2004 under the name Netia Mobile. In October 2005, Netia Mobile changed its name to P4. The company received a license to provide 3G services in August 2005, and obtained a frequency for third-generation cellular services based on the UMTS standard on Aug. 23. The company plans to offer a convergent service that combines fixed-line and mobile telephony operations.
Over the past 12 months, since the tender for 3G licensing was resolved, the company contracted with Huawei to supply 3G infrastructure, a project valued at 150 million euros. It also signed a 25 million euro contract with comverse for software and communication systems. P4 also signed a contract with Arvato Services for the maintenance of an external Call Center located in Poznań. The company is focusing its efforts on constructing its own network to provide 3G services. So far the company has signed nearly 600 lease contracts, submitted 500 applications for conditions for local land development and 700 applications for environmental assessments required for project approval. P4 employs 200 people. By the end of this year that number is expected to grow to 500. P4 is currently working on the implementation of a billing system and will soon launch its own call center.
During the press conference, the first video call using the P4 network was made. "We are building an efficient infrastructure, paying particular attention to employing a highly competent staff and optimizing costs. This will allow us to meet client expectations both in terms of price and service quality," said Bannister.