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Biedronka, the supermarket chain owned by Portuguese group Jeronimo Martins, has launched as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), according to Polish website http://www.di.com.pl. The resold mobile service is being offered under the brand ‘Tu Biedronka’, over the network of Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC). French-owned retail chain Carrefour already offers MVNO services in Poland under the Mova brand, and says it has signed up over 30,000 active customers since launching last April, a figure it plans to increase to 100,000 this year. According to figures quoted by di.com, at the end of the third quarter of 2008 ten MVNO operators in Poland shared 165,000 active users, or 0, 4% of mobile end-users in the country.
UK based bank, launches new mobile money service for its Polish customers with Welcome Accounts enabling them to send money home to Poland. The commission-free, international mobile phone payments transfer service allows customers to transfer money from their current accounts in the UK to their PKO BP accounts in Poland. It becomes the first UK bank to launch an international money transfer service via mobile phone. Roy Vella, Group Director of Mobile for NatWest, said the company’s research shows that the UK Polish community sends home GBP 1 billion each year. The service is provided in co-operation with mobile banking company Monilink, a JV between Monitise and VocaLink.
Poland’s four mobile operators have united to bid for a DVB-licence. According to Wirtualne Media, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), P4 (Play), Polkomtel and PTK Centertel (Orange) will each hold a 25% stake in the new joint venture. The move follows a ruling last week by Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) that said it would not be anti-competitive. The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) is currently holding a tender for a spectrum licence to broadcast DVB-H services; applications are due on 15 January 2009.