new service of wireless access to the Internet, called "blue connect", was launched by Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), an operator of the Era and Heyah networks. The customers can now easily access the network with no limit on the size of the transmitted data, or the duration and number of connections. The "blue connect" service is available for a fixed monthly fee.
The blue connect ensures the fastest possible connection speed, available in the Era GSM network in a given area. The new service is accessible almost anywhere in the world due to roaming. "With the introduction of the blue connect service, PTC will become a significant player in the growing market for advanced broadband services, representing an innovative marketing approach and the latest state-of-the-art technologies. Now, everyone can easily experience how much they can "get more" with the Era GSM network" - said Martin Schneider, a PTC Management Board Member and Director for Marketing Strategy and Sales.
After about two years of operation, the Era GSM network recorded a sevenfold increase in the number of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC) customers. It also covered ninety percent of the Polish population in more than eight hundred cities and villages. This dynamic growth made the company the largest cellular telephony operator in the Central and Eastern Europe.
Witnessing a record increase in its mobile telephone subscribers (more than eight hundred thousand users over the past few years), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa decided to relocate its headquarters and set up a new Network Management Center (NMC) in Warsaw. Managing all communication services was reckoned on the UNIX workstations. From the very beginning Barco's display wall was to substantially facilitate a data collection and an activity monitoring for its operators.
The new Era GSM building was designed according to the highest technical standards, aiming to ensure a comfortable working environment. Through 27 Retro Block Data 2100 LCD projection modules with 67" screens of this gigantic display wall (12 x 3 m (39 ft x 10 ft)) the best in light output is provided. Each module offers a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, resulting in a total resolution of 7200 x 1800 pixels. Due to these characteristics, the distance between the wall and the last row of the operators is compensated.
Mr. Jan Weigel, System Engineering Project Manager said: "Upon comparing with competitive units, Era GSM has awarded Barco the contract for its unequalled image quality and the system's overall performance. With a separation of only 0.5 to 1 mm, this seamless solution ensures a complete overview of the Era GSM network without any loss of information." "What's more: Barco's display wall increased the level of responsibility for each operator. Instead of focussing on the individual scope of the work, each detail can be evaluated in a more global context."
In September, 2005, a subsidiary of the France Telecom group, Mobile operator Orange, announced the launch of Orange in Poland. This event is going to change the current state of affairs in the Poland mobile telephony.