Telekomunikacja Polska


Telekomunikacja Polska
Telekomunikacja Polska SA
Type Public (WSE: TPS)
Industry Telecommunication
Founded Warsaw, Poland (December, 1991)
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Key people Maciej Witucki, Executive Chairman
Revenue increase PLN 15.715 billion (2010)[1]
Net income increase PLN 0.107 billion (2010)[1]
Employees 33,421 (2006)
Website www.tp.pl

Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (in English - Polish Telecom; also known as TPSA or just TP) is a Polish national telecommunications provider established in December 1991. It is a Public company traded on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, with a controlling stake owned by France Télécom , with the latter controlling over 50% of this stake by 2002. It operates the following services: PSTN, ISDN, ADSL, IDSL, Frame Relay, ATM and Inmarsat. The company owns PTK Centertel, which operates the GSM 900/1800 network, Orange Polska; and the NMT450i network, which is currently used as a WLL (wireless local loop) in rural areas. In 2010, the company also announced that they were nearing .5 million pay TV subscribers, up 75% from the previous year.[2]

On 21 December 2007 Telekomunikacja Polska was fined PLN 75 million (approximately EUR 20.7 million) by the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection, for discriminating against its competitors on the Internet services market.[3]

In 2011 TPSA had a $430 million claim filed against then by GN Store Nord (GN), which owns 75% of DPTG, in the second phase of an arbitration trial. Bloomberg reported that, "DPTG won a 2.2 billion-krone award in September at the Arbitration Tribunal in Vienna. The tribunal said Telekomunikacja Polska SA had improperly calculated what it owed DPTG for a fiber-optic transmission system the venture installed in 1991." TPSA "owed payments based on data traffic over the network. The companies disagreed over how to measure the traffic and spent nine years in arbitration. The September award covered traffic from 1994 to 2004, and the new claim refers to 2004 to 2009. TPSA hasn’t paid the first award and has filed a complaint over the arbitration, while GN has started enforcement proceedings in Poland and the Netherlands." [4]

Internet service

Telekomunikacja Polska's ADSL service in Poland is called Neostrada. Due to its high availability, it is one of the more popular Internet services in Poland.

Advantages:

  • Easy to get
  • Low activation fee
  • No transfer limits
  • Provides VDSL2 service in 80 Mb/s

Disadvantages:

  • Dynamic IP address (Changed every day or every modem reboot).
  • No reverse DNS
  • Relatively high monthly fee
  • Low upload speeds

Dynamic IP addresses in Neostrada have caused some problems. A person from Łódź was attacking Polish Wikipedia throughout 2007, inserting pornographic pictures and profanity into random pages, without any reaction from Neostrada. The vandal's odyssey has finished when he was deprived of his internet connection, but before that the entire city of Łódź had to be banned from editing Wikipedia for 3 days. [5]

References

  1. ^ a b www.bankier.pl. "Telekomunikacja Polska - skonsolidowany raport roczny". http://www.bankier.pl/inwestowanie/profile/wynikifinansowe/TPSA-skonsolidowany-raport-roczny.html. 
  2. ^ http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2010/10/27/polish-telco-nears-0-5m-tv-subs/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=polish-telco-nears-0-5m-tv-subs
  3. ^ Office of Competition and Consumer Protection
  4. ^ "GN Store Nord Unit Files 2.4 Billion-Krone Claim Against TPSA". Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-14/gn-store-nord-unit-files-2-4-billion-krone-claim-against-tpsa.html. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  5. ^ http://pl.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikipedia_blokuje_anonimowe_edycje_z_%C5%82%C3%B3dzkiej_Neostrady
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