The President of the Office of Electronic Communications is a regulatory authority responsible for telecommunications and postal activities, frequency resources management and compliance with criteria relating to electromagnetic compatibility. It is also a specialised authority with respect to the inspection of products radiating or susceptible to the radiation of electromagnetic field, including apparatus and telecommunications equipment placed in the Polish market.
The scope of tasks performed by the President of UKE is defined by the following legal acts:
Main areas of regulatory activities carried out the President of UKE in 2013:Investment and infrastructure development
- Telecommunications Act of 16 July 2004,
- Postal Law Act of 23 November 2012,
- Act of 30 August 2002 on conformity assessment system,
- Act of 13 April 2007 on electromagnetic compatibility,
- Act of 14 September 2012 on obligations relating to information about energy consumption by energy-related products,
- Act of 7 May 2010 on supporting the development of services and telecommunications networks,
- Act of 30 June 2011 on the launch of digital terrestrial television.
- supporting implementation of legal mechanisms to encourage investment,
- monitoring and reporting on the state of infrastructure and services,
- creating financial incentives to investment.
- precise definition of the product and service markets,
- selection of optimal regulatory measures,
- striving to develop the principles of co-operation among operators, and between the Regulator and undertakings,
- predictability and transparency of market regulation.
Use of frequency resources
- increasing consumer awareness of their rights and obligations,
- supporting quality, transparency and security of services,
- improving Poles' skills at using new technologies.
Liberalization of the postal market
- determining market needs,
- control of rules and efficiency of spectrum use,
- acquiring and making frequency resources available,
- harmonization of spectrum use, the second digital dividend.
Main activities of the President of UKE in 2013
- introduction of competition rules under the new legal framework,
- strengthening the protection of consumer interests and their rights,
- ensuring affordability of universal service,
- stimulating postal operators to improve the quality of services.
Digitisation of terrestrial TV, resolution of a tender for frequencies in the 1800 MHz band, preparation of auction documentation for frequencies in the 800 MHz band, liberalization of the postal market, organization of the Global Symposium for Regulators, activities for improvement of the quality of service - are the main activities completed by UKE in 2013.Digitisation of terrestrial television
One of our major achievements was the completion of transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. Digital terrestrial television provides a rich programme offer free of charge for more than 95% of Poles. This success results from careful planning and coordination of activities, cooperation of central-level authorities, local administration, self-governments and the technical operator. It would not be possible without active participation of volunteers, including Digital Patrols and scouts.Frequencies – 1800 MHz and 800 MHz
Broad access for citizens to electronic services and the global network, in particular in areas where commercial investment projects are not implemented, requires support from the regulatory authority. For this reason the Office of Electronic Communications, in the completed and planned proceedings for key frequency resources - 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands - attaches great importance to investment commitments for rural and urban-rural areas. Thanks to the resolution of the tender for frequencies in the 1800 MHz band subsequent undertakings launched LTE services, their coverage will improve and competition is increasing.Liberalization of the postal market
A very important achievement last year was postal market liberalization, preceded by preparations for the introduction of competition rules under the new legal framework due to amendment to the Postal Law Act. The Strategy of UKE covers activities with respect to ensuring correct mechanisms of net cost calculation, strengthening consumer protection, ensuring affordability of postal services and encouraging postal operators to increase the quality of service.GSR
Around 660 experts from all over the world responsible for development strategies and regulation in the ICT sector gathered in July 2013 in Warsaw in order to exchange opinions and experience related to dissemination of new technologies and telecommunications services. For the first time in history the Global Symposium for Regulators took place in the EU country. The meeting organized under the auspices of ITU was hosted by the President of UKE and MAiC. The participants of the GSR encouraged active cooperation in creating and implementing strategies that facilitate broad access to modern telecommunications services. The GSR, in the opinion of ITU, was a huge success as it gathered the highest number of participants in the history of that event. Improvement in the quality of service
Strengthening competition and improvement in the quality of service were important aspects of activities initiated by UKE. The Memorandum on cooperation for improvement of the quality of services will contribute to better competition and quality of service, and what's important, it is the outcome of an open dialogue with market players.