Deutsche Telekom's Polish arm signs 4G deal with Orange unit

WARSAW Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:35pm BST

The logo of Deutsche Telekom is pictured on the 266 metre high ''Colonia'' TV tower in the western German city of Cologne March 25, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The logo of Deutsche Telekom is pictured on the 266 metre high ''Colonia'' TV tower in the western German city of Cologne March 25, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay

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WARSAW (Reuters) - The Polish unit of Deutsche Telekom has agreed to share its 4G mobile network with the cellphone arm of TPSA, Poland's top telecoms group, TPSA said on Tuesday.

TPSA, controlled by France's Orange, failed to win frequencies to offer its own 4G high speed broadband services in February. Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile and smaller rival Play paid Poland some 500 million zlotys (99.34 million pounds) each for the frequencies.

TPSA and T-Mobile have already been sharing their cellphone networks in Poland since 2011.

The new 4G deal will last the next 14-1/2 years, TPSA said, but did not provide any financial details.

A UK joint venture between Orange and Deutsche Telekom, was the first to launch a 4G service there last October. The operator, EE, said on Monday it had signed up 1 million subscribers.

(Reporting by Chris Borowski; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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